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Submission #1285

Harvest Enologist
Seasonal F/T
Dana Estates
St. Helena
Dana Estates is a small, boutique winery located in St. Helena. We produce three vineyard designate Estate Cabernets, a Bordeaux blend and Sauvignon blanc under the direction of Winemaker, Chris Cooney and Consulting Winemaker, Phillipe Melka.
22 & housing onsite
August 1
December or longer
This harvest internship position provides experience in winemaking at the highest level. We are looking for an enthusiastic, reliable, hard-working intern with a great attention to detail. The Harvest Enologist plays a vital role during harvest, carrying out all fruit receiving and crush operations.

Job Duties:

• Assisting in crush line setup, organization of fruit receiving, and management of temporary workers under guidance of the Associate Winemaker.
• Maintain and operate crush equipment including troubleshooting, maintenance and sanitation.
• Involved in all other harvest activities: pump-overs, barrel rolling, racking, additions, cleaning, pressing, barrel downs, barrel rolls, barrel and tank sanitation, etc.
• Assist with lab sampling and fermentation monitoring
• Assist with vineyard sampling, observations, and maturity analysis (pH, TA, Brix, Berry Weights, Malic Acid)
• Non-harvest cellar operations: Topping, racking, additions, sampling, blending, bottling prep, bottling wine movements, inventory.
• Create an experiment, execute, and write short report on it.
• Help set up and participate in tastings with winemaking team
• Assist in harvest laboratory work.
• Cooperation and teamwork to accomplish wine quality and production goals
• Maintaining a clean and safe work environment
• Meticulous cleaning and sanitation

Personal Attributes/Requirements:
• Several prior harvest internships
• Forklift driving experience
• Currently studying Winemaking or completed some level of winemaking course work
• Attention to detail
• Communicate in English-both written and verbal
• Reliable transportation and housing are required

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