Assistant Winemaker (Wine Jobs: Vineyards & Cellars )

Full Time

  Mission Hill Family Estate

  West Kelowna, British Columbia

Assistant Winemaker
Mission Hill Family Estate Winery
West Kelowna, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia

Be part of the next great story in wine! 

About Us:           

Mission Hill Family Estate has long been regarded a jewel of the British Columbia wine industry; producing world-class wines from its stunning location perched atop the sweeping hills of West Kelowna, British Columbia. As Canada’s only five-time winner of Canadian Winery of the Year, we are a leading family-owned, quality driven estate. Each wine we produce is an expression of precision viticulture, sustainable farming, and winemaking in our organically certified vineyards and winery. Our winemaking team uses both traditional and modern winemaking techniques in a relentless pursuit of quality. Learn more about Our Winemaking here.

We are looking for an Assistant Winemaker to contribute to our award-winning winemaking efforts. Under the general direction of the Chief Winemaker and Winemaker, the Assistant Winemaker assists and participates in the execution of all winemaking activities at the Mission Hill Family Estate facility related to the production of specific wines in both our British Columbia wine portfolio (VQA) and our International Wines (ICB).

Who We Are:

We love what we do. We’re all in. It’s how we have accomplished great things. Like our amazing products and our brand, we want to tell you the exciting story of our winery, its growth, and our people. We’re on an amazing adventure and we want you to help write the next chapter with us. We are building a lasting legacy in the wine industry, and we’ve only just begun.

Day in the Life of our Winemaker:


  • In collaboration with the other winemakers, issues Vintrace work orders for cellar activities.
  • Under the direction of the Chief Winemaker and White Winemaker, manages the activities for VQA white and ICB white wine to Canadian Organic, VQA, HACCP and highest quality standards.
  • Coordinates winemaking operations for specific VQA and ICB wines to include blending, stabilization, and bottling.
  • Coordinates fruit intake and generates work orders during harvest:
  • Liaises with the winemaker, oenologist and crush crew for fruit receival.
  • Ensures that the fruit is processed as specified to the correct press and tank.
  • Monitors pressing progress and tastes juices and wines at the press to make press cut decisions.
  • Supervises white juice rackings to ensure that they meet quality specifications.
  • Assesses sorting on optical sorter and ensuring desired level of sort is achieved.
  • Monitors white and red tanks
  • Conducts sensory assessment of settling tanks, cold soak tanks, white aging tanks and white and red ferments.
  • Communicates any quality concerns or issues to the Chief Winemaker/winemakers.
  • Checks automated red pump overs are working and adjust as needed.  Monitor punch-downs
  • Participates in daily tastings and blending sessions with the winemaking team and assisting the winemaker with other projects when needed
  • Assists in the development of procedural and quality control policies and manuals.
  • Builds and cultivates a strong relationship with the cellar team, leading by example and ensuring fluid and consistent communication occurs. 
  • Participates in VIP/staff educational tours and tastings.
  • Special projects and other duties as assigned. 

What We’re Looking For:

  • Bachelor’s Degree (B.S) in Enology, Fermentation Science or related field from a recognized university.
  • Minimum 2 years of Harvest and cellar experience.
  • Highly motivated, organized, detail oriented, flexible and able to work independently and in a team environment.
  • Strong computer literacy, experienced with MS Office (excel and word) and the ability to learn and use company wine inventory system (Vintrace).
  • Passion for making high quality, organically certified wines.
  • Drive for continuous improvement and innovative ideas.

What’s In It For You:

  • Professional development opportunities
  • Monthly Employee Wine Allowance
  • Competitive salary
  • RRSP matching, DPSP, annual vacation, and more!
  • The opportunity to work in a “Post Card” setting on our iconic property.

At Mission Hill, we live by our 5 Core Values every day:

Sense of Urgency

  • Our business moves fast and so do we. We understand the power of now.
  • We have relentless drive and believe if it can be done, we’re the ones who will do it first.


  • We need to stay real because our brands, our stories and our culture must remain genuine to thrive.
  • When we have the best intentions for all, we create space to be our whole selves and do great things together.


  • Our lives are complicated enough. So why use 50 words when you can use 5?
  • We thrive in ambiguity and change, but we also know how to translate our goals into simple explanations and actions.


  • Egos distract us. When we’re humble, we’re open to listen, take feedback and change direction quickly.
  • We’re here for each other, and together we do great things.


  • We respect and rely on each other. Trust is the backbone of our relationships, and we work hard not to break it.
  • This level of trust allows us to be all-in and take comfort in the support of our teams.



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