Wine and Viticulture

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Submission #1169

Full time Lab Tech
Full Time
Faust Winery
Come join this talented and exciting winemaking team and make some of Napa Valley's finest Cabernets. We are singularly focused on making the highest quality wines from some of the most acclaimed vineyards in the area with a small, passionate hands-on team.

Faust is a modern Napa Valley classic. We are not just another Napa Valley Cabernet, but a bold red wine focused on forging its own path.
Full time

Under general supervision, the Harvest Lab Assistant will assist the production and winemaking staff with lab and harvest-related activities. The Harvest Lab Assistant is responsible for helping with all laboratory analysis during harvest; in addition, this position will provide technical and logistical support by performing duties such as monitoring fermentations and helping the cellar team when needed.

We are looking for candidates who:

• Possess a passion for wine
• Are quality focused
• Are able to maintain a good attitude and work ethic
• Self-motivated that want to be a part of something great
• Able to work independently with minimal supervision

What's in it for you:

• Sign-On bonus of $600
• Competitive Hourly Wage with ample opportunity for overtime
• Training and experience with making premium luxury wines
• Complimentary lunches weekly
• Fun company culture
• Educational tastings with winemaking team
• Competitive internship experience with a world class winemaking team
• Access to educational seminars
• Work with people from different parts of the world
• Working with a variety of high-end winemaking equipment
• Collaborate with winemaking team across brands and styles

Essential Duties:

*The following reflects essential functions for this role but does not restrict the tasks that may be assigned.

Lab Duties
• Performs routine juice/wine analysis such as pH, Brix, TA, RS, SO2, VA, Ammonia, etc.
• Ensures the proper safety procedures in the lab are followed under the direction of the Lab Supervisor
• Performs and tracks all lab analysis and fermentations
• Manages daily fermentations by monitoring Brix and temperatures
• Ensures all numbers and information that are generated by the lab are accurate and communicated to the Winemaking team
• Collects cluster weights on estate fruit and monitors micro-ferments
• Assists with and tracks basic crush chemistry of vineyard samples received
• Records weekly inventory on nutrients/ingredients and reports to Winemaker/Assistant Winemaker/Lab Supervisor

Data Entry
• Accurately registers samples and helps enter all analytical data daily into Vintrace
• Updates and maintains Excel spreadsheets throughout harvest

Wine QC
• Performs lab analysis for Faust wines
• Maintains accurate records of all test results and sampling
• Ensures all equipment is properly calibrated daily; troubleshoots and offers solutions to problems as needed
• Ensures all analysis is performed accurately and in a timely manner, according to the Lab Supervisor
• Re-runs analysis if results are not within specifications
• Pulls accurate samples from cellar tanks and barrels as needed for analysis
• Sets up tastings for Winemaking team
• Reports wine analysis to Winemaker/Assistant Winemaker and alerts them of any potential issues observed while sampling

Harvest Cellar Duties
• Assists cellar team in harvest and cellar activities when needed
• Helps perform basic additions and inoculations in cellar

Necessary Qualifications

• Accurate with high attention to detail
• Has experience with lab equipment and basic chemistry
• Ability to multi-task and manage projects
• Ability to function independently with minimal supervision
• Strong organizational skills
• Problem solving
• Being proactive
• Strong analytical and quantitative skills
• Accountable and trustworthy
• Ability to read, write, speak, and understand English
• Ability to work under pressure during harvest with many different people and departments
• Ability to work overtime and weekends
• Team player and that works well with others
• Must be free of prior obligations from August - November

Physical requirements

• Ability to lift 50 lbs
• Ability to work long hours and flexible days during harvest period
• Ability to stand for long periods of time
• Ability to walk over uneven ground
• Ability to work in all types of weather and climates
• Must be able to bend over, kneel, reach, and balance/climb on ladders

Company Overview

Huneeus Vintners is a dynamic collection of premium wines/wineries. The portfolio includes Quintessa, Faust, Illumination; Flowers Vineyard and Winery - all in Napa and Sonoma counties. Most recently Leviathan, in Napa Valley and Benton-Lane located in the Oregon wine country joined our portfolio. We are singularly focused on producing the highest quality wines and promoting them through a committed distributor network to passionate restaurateurs and retailers.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Huneeus Vintners LLC is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, genetic information, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.

Location: Sebastopol, CA (95472)

Category: Cellar/Lab/Bottling/Warehouse
Shane McCarthy

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