Harvest Cellar Interns

May 7, 2024
$21 - $23 / hour
Urgent
Application ends: June 30, 2024
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Job Description

Internship Opportunity at MacRostie Winery:
Cellar/Production Harvest Interns

We have an exciting opportunity for Cellar/Production Harvest Interns to join the MacRostie team, who will learn and execute exceptional skills to assist with the 2024 harvest. This internship will focus on assisting the team in production of our premium Pinot Noir from our estate vineyards and our other renowned growers at our facility. This role is based in Healdsburg, California and is offering a cellar 1 and cellar 2 temporary positions.

Rather than beginning with an end state in mind, Head Winemaker Heidi Bridenhagen and Steve MacRostie let each vineyard’s grapes dictate what they want to become. With deep Sonoma roots stretching back three decades, MacRostie has trusted partnerships with the region’s finest growers, including more than 30 Chardonnay vineyards and over 15 Pinot Noir sites. Combined with MacRostie’s own vineyards, this provides unique access to a remarkable level of diversity, and allows them to explore the entirety of the Sonoma Coast in the winemaking process. Heidi and Steve do 130+ small fermentations each vintage, yielding a broad palette of flavors to work with when it comes time for blending. This produces wines of uncommon character and complexity, representative of the best of the Sonoma Coast. Ever evolving, while remaining true to our roots, MacRostie’s internships offer an unparalleled work environment with opportunities for professional and personal growth that include:
• Our Culture – We live by our leadership principles of doing the right thing, for the long term, being first with consumers to win customers, thinking beyond, innovate, and adapt, deciding fast and making it happen, and welcoming differences and standing for fairness.
• Our Community – We believe in giving back and being accountable when it comes to social responsibility. That is why we have committed to our employees and their families and partner with community organizations to continue to uphold these values.
Working as a harvest team member of the production and cellar team, this role will work alongside the MacRostie Cellar Master to assist in all stages of Pinot Noir production from grape to bottle. This will include assisting with the bottling of our previous vintage just prior to beginning the current vintage harvest. This full-time, temporary/seasonal position without benefits that reports directly to the Director of Winemaking.

Key responsibilities include but are not limited to:
• Performing sanitation of winery and all winery equipment
• Performing Punch downs and/or pump overs of red fermentations
• Performing Inoculations and additions to wine and/or juice
• Operation of crush equipment, pumps, and bladder press
• Racking juice and wine
• Filling, topping, and stirring barrels
• Adding SO2 and topping of held over wine from previous vintages
• Forklift driving including full and empty bins from trucks and dumping, barrel stacking, in addition of other forklift operations when needed
• Performing sanitation responsibilities to include cleaning of tanks, floors, crush pads, drains, bins and other production equipment and spaces

We are looking for qualified candidates who have at least 1-year previous harvest experience with focus on cellar/production work. Previous forklift experience in a winery setting is preferred. This person must also be able to lift 50lbs and stand for long periods of time with or without reasonable accommodation, with the ability to work long hours at peak times (up to 12 hours per day and 6-7 days a week), between July 1, 2024 – November 2024. They must also have the ability to read and understand work orders, communicate effectively to the team and work collaboratively as well as independently. This role will receive a “Welcome Wine” package that includes some of our most distinguished wines, but does not offer benefits. All candidates must be able to provide proof of U.S. work authorization prior to start date.

To be considered for this opportunity please provide a resume and cover letter. Writing “See Resume” will not be considered and will be disqualified. MacRostie Winery is a Distinguished Vineyards and Wine partner and if applying for this position, you will be reached out to by a MacRostie or DVWP representative. All applications are kept confidential, and we are an equal opportunity employer encouraging all to apply.
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