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|Title||HARVEST WINEMAKING INTERN|
|Employment Location||Geyserville, CA|
|Company Description|| Thumbprint Cellars is a winery and custom crush in the heart of Sonoma’s Alexander Valley seeking driven, enthusiastic winemaking interns for this year’s harvest. This is a seasonal, hourly position, beginning early August 2021 and lasting through harvest (typically early November). This is a dynamic position which will provide valuable experience in the cellar as well as an opportunity to work with numerous varietals, and winemaking styles. In addition to the Thumbprint brand , there are four other brands by different winemakers being produced at the facility. Interns will be exposed to both conventional and low-intervention winemaking techniques and a host of grape varietals ranging from Cabernet Sauvignon, Chenin Blanc, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir, Barbera, Zinfandel, Arneis, Vermentino, Viognier, Syrah, Grenache, and more.|
Our ideal candidates should have an interest in and high capacity for learning new things. They should be fascinated by wine, have or be willing to develop a critical palate, and above all be enthusiastic about working hard to create great wine! A love of loud music, ping pong, and cold beer is a plus.
|Pay Scale||$17-22 Dependent on experience + Overtime|
|Employment Start Date||Mid August|
|Employment End Date||Late October - Early November|
|Job Description|| Job Overview:|
The Harvest Intern will be working closely with the Associate Winemaker and Enologist in making a great vintage happen! Opportunities for both cellar and laboratory work are available, and we involve interns in every aspect of the winemaking process, from tasting fermentations to managing maceration and the harvest decision-making process.
Cellar Duties (including, but not limited to):
Taste and smell wine and juice critically.
Perform additions to wine and must.
Receive and process fruit, sorting, pressing, etc.
Perform manual punch downs, pump-overs.
Monitor brix and temperature as needed.
Rack juice, and wine.
Fill, top, and stir barrels.
Dig out red wine tanks.
Operate crusher/destemmer, press, conveyor, and pump.
General cleaning and sanitization of winery and winery equipment.
Other duties as needed.
Run lab tests such as pH, TA, FSO2, Malic, YAN, VA, and GLU/FRU.
Document of analyses and additions neatly and accurately.
Keep track of lab inventory, prepare reagents, calibrate and maintain lab equipment.
Keeping the laboratory environment organized, safe, and tidy.
Keep track of maturity parameters by analyzing grapes and juice.
Play some good tunes!
Cellar/Laboratory experience and/or winemaking and viticulture education is a plus but not necessary.
Ability to perform the physical demands of cellar work—ability to lift up to 70lbs and carry/walk with up to 50lbs.
Bending, stooping, and climbing.
Ability to work long hours/weekends in a fast-paced, physically and mentally demanding workplace.
Passion for wine and winemaking, and a strong desire to develop one’s knowledge and palate.
Valid Driver’s License required.
Must be 21 years of age or older.
|Contact Info||Please email Will@thumbprintcellars.com|
|Contact Address|| 18850 Hassett Lane|
Geyserville Ca, 95441
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