Copain Winery- Cellar Tech
POSITION SUMMARY: Demonstrates Craftsperson-level Winery Cellar technical skills, knowledge, and capability; consistently exercises sound judgment. Under the general direction of the Assistant Winemaker, the Cellar Technician performs a variety of work assignments including racking, pumping, clarifying and blending of juice and wine. Operates and maintains all winery equipment, and is able to direct less skilled crewmembers. Assignments require work of a physical nature. Respects co-workers, equipment and the wines. Possesses solid, positive personal and team leadership skills. Meets all requirements for General and Skilled Cellar positions. Knows the What, Why and How of cellar tasks and can effectively train others.
- Is as a role model in the Cellar and informal leader to peers. Establishes trusted and positive relationships with co-workers.
- Is willing and able to share expertise with others.
- Key resource for training existing staff, new hires, seasonal employees; contributes to creation of cellar SOPs.
- Communicates well with coworkers; can speak confidently in front of a group.
- Is organized with attention to details.
- Plans and prioritizes work at request of Assistant Winemaker; can estimate duration of an assignment or specialized projects.
- Focuses on efficient, quality processes.
- Demonstrates good attendance, work ethic, responsibility, understands and follows company guidelines / policies.
- Operates complex winery equipment and machinery, which will vary by site, but will typically include press programming, cross flow operations, tank heating and cooling.
- Strong knowledge and adherence to company safety regulations related to employee, equipment and chemicals with the ability to train staff on same.
- Diagnoses basic equipment breakdowns, provide basic repairs and communicates timely updates to cellar management of problems and resolutions.
- Clearly understands the flow of grapes, juice and wine throughout the facility.
- Understands, explains, trains on work orders related to winemaking from initial review to BIMs input.
- Using solid math skills, calculates basic wine adds (S02, acids, bentonite, etc.)
- Has educated wine palate - can detect basic wine flaws.
- Carries out special projects requiring cellar expertise. Covers a variety of winery needs including winemaking trials, new equipment research, routine general maintenance and implementations, environmental initiatives.
- May be temporarily assigned from time to time to other wineries for special projects.
Background and Experience
Requires 2 to 3 years prior, relevant cellar experience. Must have ability to communicate effectively with good skills in reading, writing and basic math. Must be able to work safely around equipment, electrical outlets and chemicals. Individuals selected for this position must be reliable and have good work ethic. Must be able to work varying shifts and overtime as needed, particularly during the harvest season. Must be able to lift and carry up to 50 pounds.
This position requires the ability to reach with hands and arms, sit, walk, climb, stoop and kneel, and regularly lift and carry up to 50 pounds.