Cellar Hand (Wine Jobs: Vineyards & Cellars )


  Foreign Affair Winery

  Vineland Station, Ontario

The Foreign Affair Winery is owned and operated by Corby Spirit and Wine Ltd.

Corby’s portfolio of owned-brands includes some of the most renowned brands in Canada, including Wiser's Canadian Whisky, Lamb's Rum and Polar Ice Vodka. Through its affiliation with Pernod Ricard S.A., Corby also represents leading international brands such as ABSOLUT Vodka, Chivas Regal, Glenlivet, Ballantine’s Scotch Whiskies, Jameson Irish Whiskey, Beefeater Gin, Malibu Rum, Kahlua Liqueur, Mumm Champagne, Jacob's Creek, Wyndham Estate and Stoneleigh wines.  An overview of the entire Corby portfolio shows over 5,000,000 cases sold annually, with Corby being a significant importer of wines and having an approximate 21 percent market share of spirit sales in Canada.

Why work at Corby? Because we are a great place to work! And we’re not the only ones who think so. Corby was named one of Canada’s Best Workplaces for 7 years by The Great Place to Work® Institute Canada, based on employee survey results and an audit of workplace excellence and people management practices.

For more information on Foreign Affair Winery and our portfolio of wines, please visit our website at foreignaffairwinery.com

Position Summary

Under the supervision of the Winemaker and Assistant Winemaker, this position performs routine cellar duties related to operating and caring for filters, pumps, presses, hoses and other cellar equipment. May direct less skilled workers. May assist in the training of less skilled workers.   Carries out moderate to advanced tasks such as optimizing filtration equipment requiring considerable judgment, independent analysis and detailed knowledge of the position and procedures.

During quieter periods in production (spring & summer) this role will also work as a member of our retail team delivering exceptional service as a Hospitality & Sales Associate reporting to the Hospitality & Direct to Consumer Director.

Key Responsibilities

  • Follow all cellar protocols, standards and procedures
  • Load and unload trucks and press operation
  • Efficient filter operation, e.g. crossflow filtration
  • Chemical additions to wine and juice
  • Cleaning and Sanitation in all areas (facility and equipment)
  • Equipment set-up
  • Basic maintenance through visual inspection and report problems
  • Wine transfer, racking and blending
  • Understanding of barrel operations, racking, filling and topping
  • Other duties assigned by Winemaker and Assistant Winemaker
  • Hospitality & Sales Associate
  • Hosting tastings and providing memorable experiences for guests
  • Operating the Point of Sale – processing orders and payments
  • Daily operational tasks such as stocking and tidying the retail store
  • Setting up for private group tastings and winery events
  • Preparing and packing wine club and customer orders for shipment

Skills / Qualifications / Experience


  • Minimum 3 years of cellar experience operating and caring for filters, pumps, presses, hoses and other cellar equipment
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Must be able to work weekends
  • Smart Serve certified


  • Experienced in operating Crossflow Filter, and Press.
  • Leadership or supervisory experience
  • Computer literacy
  • Forklift experience
  • Previous retail sales and/or hospitality experience

Special Conditions

  • Flexible working hours and overtime may be required
  • Harvest shift work
  • Ability to lift up to 80 lbs. and stand for long periods of time
  • Commitment to promoting wine knowledge and culture

Work is performed in a typical field environment with moderate demands for movement and lifting.

We welcome and encourage applications from individuals from all groups, including aboriginal, women, visible minorities, and persons with disabilities, regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, creed, family status, national origin, age and gender.

This position description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed.  It is not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, or skills required, and the employee may be required to perform other duties (that they are skilled to perform) as needed.

Corby Spirit and Wine Ltd is committed to providing accessible employment practices that are in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and the Ontario Human Rights Code. Should you require accommodation during any phase of the recruitment process or wish to view our accommodation policies, please contact the Human Resources Department at [email protected]

Thank you for your interest in Pernod Ricard and its subsidiaries, Corby Spirit and Wine Limited and Hiram Walker & Sons Ltd. All resumes submitted will be reviewed by our recruitment team and kept on file for six months in consideration for this and future opportunities. Please note that only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. Please do not contact provincial offices directly as all recruitment is coordinated through the Corporate Office in Toronto.

How To Apply

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