Wine and Viticulture

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Submission #1335

Harvest Internship
Larkmead Vineyards
Calistoga, CA
Larkmead Vineyards is one of the oldest family owned properties in the Napa Valley. The 110 acre estate is home to a wide diversities of soil types and varieties. We make a small allocation of whites; Sauvignon blanc as well as Tocai Friulano and Chenin blanc. But our focus is as a Cabernet Sauvignon house, with the other noble bordeaux varieties, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. 2023 will also be the first vintage to get fruit from our estate research vineyard where we have planted 8 different varieties for climate change to understand how to preserve our style in a warming climate.
$20-22/hr DOE
August 1st
November 20th
Our harvest will begin mid-to-late August with the start of Sauvignon blanc and other whites. Cabernet is expected at the start of September and carrying us through the end of the month.

The interns will have the ability to take on as much responsibility as they'd choose. Starting with sampling fruit and learning about our vineyard, to prepping equipment and barrels, to crushing fruit and making additions, inoculations, and pulling samples, to tasting ferments and draining tanks. Lots of barrel work and cleaning as well!

This year is unique as the interns will also get to assist in two bottlings in August and a one day run in November.

We provide lunch everyday once we start picking through until the last tank is drained. Plenty of overtime is also available.
-Must be at least 21 years of age
-Previous harvest experience is preferred, but good attitude is the most important
-High attention to detail and motivated learner
-Can work long hours
-Has a genuine interest in winemaking and learning more about technique and wines of the world
-Physically able to lift 50+ lbs, and must able to stand/move for the entirety of the shift
-Is available to work any day of the week during peak harvest, with expected overtime hours
-Must be eligible to work in the US and have excellent understanding/communication in English - any international applicants must ensure they are able to obtain a visa
-Have reliable transportation to work and housing for the duration of harvest (we can try to help you find both, but we cannot provide either)
Avery Heelan, winemaker:
Andrew Rankin, assistant winemaker:

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