Seasonal General Winery Worker

Winery Production Oakville, California


Position at Jackson Family Wines

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. Brands produced at our Oakville facility include Freemark Abbey, Bootleg, Arrowood and premium custom crush clients.

We produce primarily high-quality red Bordeaux varieties, along with Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Viognier, and Syrah.  Our average crush is 3-4,000 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

Physical Demands

This position requires continuous walking, climbing, kneeling, crouching, and crawling throughout the shift for cleaning, sanitizing and sterilizing all winery equipment and facilities. It requires the ability to reach with hands and arms, fine manipulation and to lift up to 50 pounds for Racking and pumping of juice and wine; moving hoses and equipment and to operate crush pad equipment. It occasionally include enclosed spaces, heights, and wearing a respirator to make chemical and nutrient additions to juice and wine and to obtain lab samples from tanks and barrels. 

 This is a seasonal position commencing in August and concluding in December. 

Pay rate: $18- $19.75 - $21.50

At Jackson Family Wines, we respect, celebrate, and take pride in each other’s differences. Together we nurture a culture that embraces fairness, acceptance and belonging. We believe that diversity, equity, and inclusion drive our best innovation, enrich our employees, and connect us to our customers and global community. We aspire to evolve in our commitment for a better future and one that is rooted for good.

 This job requisition and salary range are effective as of January 1st, 2023. All company job requisitions prior to January 1st, 2023 are null and void.