- Position: Harvest Cellar and Lab Interns and 15 month apprenticeship
- Job Dates: August through October, into November
- Contact: Todd Heth
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We have a harvest internship as well as a 15-month apprentice internship. We produce a wide range of small-production wines for a number of high-end custom crush clients, and are building our new brands as well. We work with about 20 grape varieties, mostly from Napa Valley, but smaller portions from Russian River Valley, Sonoma Coast, Lake County and Mendocino. Our clientele includes many high end producers whose wines sell for $30-250 retail and regularly receive critical acclaim in the top wine publications. The major varieties in terms of percentage of production are Cabernet, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah and Sauvignon Blanc. Some of the other varieties include: Marsanne, Viognier, Grenache, Charbono, Carignan, Sangiovese, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, Mourvedre and Tempranillo. Harvest cellar: The interns will assist with various cellar duties such as sorting, crushing, equipment sanitation, cap management for red wine fermentations, barrel work (prepping, filling, stirring), draining and pressing and anything else going on, sometimes including fermentation sampling and making yeast, bacteria and nutrient additions. The position is a varied, hands-on learning experience with a focus on production. There will be time for interns to learn about and help with lab work, depending on time availability, experience and capability. Harvest lab: The intern will provide support in both the lab and cellar to fulfill winemaking operations. This internship will include doing basic crush analysis (Brix, pH, TA, SO2), sampling tanks and barrels for fermentation monitoring, record keeping and maintaining spreadsheets and daily fermentation logs, making nutrient additions and yeast and bacteria inoculations (or monitoring native ferments), and calculating cellar additions. Toward the end of the season, there will be some enzymatic analysis (RS, malates). Additionally, the intern will assist with various cellar duties such as sorting, crushing, equipment sanitation, pumping over red wine fermentations, barrel work, draining and pressing and anything else going on. The position is a varied, hands-on learning experience. The internships will provide a broad cross section of winemaking styles and varieties and experience with many of the aspects of running a high-quality, diverse wine operation. The interns will get a chance to work with a fun team of experienced staff and international interns, and meet and work with a number of consulting winemakers and custom clients.