2023 Harvest Intership
Raptor Ridge Winery
Raptor Ridge Winery, founded by Scott Shull in 1995, began in the days of the booming tech industry. After wine-tasting and small-scale winemaking with a group of co-workers became more than just a passing hobby in the early 90s, Scott started exploring the idea of making wine commercially. He excitedly greeted Annie at lunch hour with plans for his fledgling wine brand and dreams of future vineyard sites. Annie joined Scott as his life partner in 1998 and business partner in 2001. Together, they took a leap of faith in growing Raptor Ridge, originally hosting tastings at their own kitchen counter. Creating delicious, unique wine in an environment that feels like home has remained a part of the Raptor Ridge since its inception. Raptor Ridge began as a small-scale “home-grown” winery, born out of the Shulls’ Homestead Barn at their Wildhaven property in Hillsboro, Oregon.
In 2000, the Shulls purchased and cleared an old cherry orchard, laying the foundation for the now 27-acre Tuscowallame Estate on the Laurelwood AVA in the Chehalem Mountains. As Raptor Ridge welcomes its second decade of hosting visitors at the Estate Winery location, it continues to grow more interesting wines. Remaining true to its ethos of inclusivity in the tasting room and cellar, Raptor Ridge builds community, and career paths, and contributes to collaboration in the Oregon wine industry, while maintaining a commitment to sustainability with LIVE Certification status since 2017
$18-20 DOE + $500 sign on bonus upon completion of harvest
July 24, 2023
Nov 3, 2023 (weather dependent)
Be a part of our small harvest team! Raptor Ridge is a family-owned winery located in the Laurelwood District of the Chehalem Mountains, just outside Portland, Oregon. In addition to growing Grüner Veltliner and Pinot Noir on our estate vineyard, we source sustainable, organic and biodynamically grown Pinot Noir from 4 of the 11 sub-AVA’s in the Willamette Valley, as well as producing Gamay Noir, sparkling wine, Auxerrois, and Pinot Gris.
The position could start as early as late July for the right candidate, and conclude at the completion of harvest, approximately early November weather dependent. We offer competitive wages, and end of season bonus! While we are unable to provide housing, we have several contacts with rooms and can assist in finding a place to stay. At the peak of harvest, we will provide Harvest lunches and healthy snacks.
Harvest job duties will include;
• processing and sorting fruit
• racking juice to tank and or barrel
• pulling samples and checking brix
• punchdown / pumpovers, additions
• cleaning and filling barrels
• sanitization of all winery equipment.
The ideal candidate should be flexible with their schedule and be available to work weekends. We hire 3-4 interns for harvest and rely on each person as integral part of our team, so expect to work overtime. There are a lot of physical aspects to this job which includes lifting over 50lbs, pushing, pulling, shoveling, and standing for long periods of time. Working conditions vary from hot to cold, dusty or wet and sometimes noisy therefore requiring a tolerance to varying conditions. Good communication skills, a solid comprehension of English, and attention to detail a must. Previous harvest experience and or forklift training a plus.