Seasonal General Winery Worker

Winery Production Oakville, California


Position at Jackson Family Wines

Job Description: Harvest Internship 
Company overview: 
We are a Jackson Family wines winery; a family-owned company with properties in California, Oregon, Australia, France, Italy, Chile, and South Africa. At our Oakville facility we produce wines not only for high end JFW brands such as Freemark Abbey but also premium custom crush clients. 
We produce primarily high-quality red Bordeaux varieties, along with Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Viognier, and Syrah.  Our average crush is 2-3,000 tons and we have approx. 15,000 barrels of capacity in our barrel cellar. 
Role and responsibilities: 
This is a hands-on cellar internship role and reports to the cellar master.  We operate an indoor and outdoor facility with full grape to bottling production.  Interns work in all the following areas: 
  • Assist in crushing red fruit to tank and pressing of white grapes
  • Fermentation management: pumpovers, rack and returns, pressing
  • Addition of yeasts, nutrients, SO2, etc.
  • Barrel work: filling, racking and topping
  • Sanitation of tanks, equipment, and general housekeeping
  • Dry goods inventory
  • 1 year harvest experience required
  • A degree or certificate in winemaking preferred but not required
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills in English, Spanish speaking a plus
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule, including weekends and extended hours through harvest
  • Ability to sit bend, stoop, twist and walk over uneven surfaces
  • Ability to climb stairs, lift 50+ lbs. and stand for long periods of time
  • Ability to work well as an individual and as a valued member of our team with a positive attitude
  • Forklift driving experience is a plus
This is a seasonal position commencing in August and concluding in December.  Applicants are responsible for their own transportation and housing; we will assist, when possible, with housing searches.
Pay rate: $18- $22