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Harvest Intern - Boutique Co-Op Winemaking Facility close to San Jose

Posting Date: 1/31/18

Job Title

Harvest Intern

Company Information

The Stomping Ground Custom Crush
Gilroy, CA

The Stomping Ground is a new boutique alternating proprietorship facility along with custom crush services located in Gilroy, CA. Home to 8 wineries as of today along with providing services to numerous other wineries. The nature of the co-op approach to winemaking for an internship position is that you will be interacting with numerous winemakers, hands on experience on various pieces of equipment including presses, destemmers, filtration, even VA removal (if needed). A harvest with us, you will learn all aspects of the winemaking process. The equipment is leading industry equipment. At the end of this internship, you will have the confidence to run a small winery if not the world. It is a fun group of wineries and people bringing various approaches to winemaking and thoughts which you will see numerous different lots of wine, not to mention various backgrounds. There will be tasting/blending/quality analysis of various lots of wine as well. We buy the best equipment to minimize the boring work and get things done efficiently. In addition, we will teach you the lab. Plus, we often have lunch together on site. Bottles of wine after work, because we like wine. Best part is one of the managing partners is the first of two Wine and Viticulture minors from Cal Poly class of 1999 (Business Manager with a Finance and Accounting Concentration, Minor in Economics plus Wine Marketing Certificate)! So we are looking for the best one or two students from Cal Poly to help this harvest.

Receiving, sorting and processing fruit 
Pump-overs, punch downs, Pulse-air management 
Must and juice additions including oak, yeast, tannins, nutrients etc
Juice transfers
Barrel sanitation, filling/emptying
Equipment sanitation (tank cleaning, press cleaning, pumps & hoses, bottling and more since we clean alot)
Reverse Osmosis and VA removal, if needed during the duration
Lab Analysis
Plus Client relations, since you will be helping so many wineries

Must be flexible to work long hours and to work weekends Must be able to lift and carry 40+ lbs. Position starts late July/August through mid-December.

Badass harvest Intern ready to get their hands stained

$15/hr + bonuses


End Date: December

The Stomping Ground is located near 101 and 152 East in Gilroy. The property is a 7.5 acre property, formally a roof tile manufacturing facility converted to a winery, with about 40,000 sq ft of space plus a large outdoor crushpad.

Please contact the team at Please let us know your availability because the dates are flexible which can start earlier or end later, but August through at least the beginning of December are required.

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