2019 Harvest Intern
Cliff Lede Vineyards
About Cliff Lede Vineyards:
Cliff Lede Vineyards encompasses sixty acres in the Stags Leap District of Napa Valley and specializes in the production of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon blends and Sauvignon Blanc, including the renowned Poetry Cabernet Sauvignon from our steep hillside vineyard. Completed in 2005, the state-of-the art gravity flow winery uses an elaborate sorting system complete with an optical sorter and contains custom conical tanks commissioned using a design inspired by the tanks of Château Latour. One tank per vineyard block ensures each lot evolves at its own pace, and our extensive cave provides barrel storage. No corner has been cut in the construction of the winery, and this same attitude extends to our winemaking practices.
Interns will gain a broad and varied harvest experience, involving all aspects of wine production. Pre-harvest operations will include sampling estate and grower vineyard blocks for maturity, assisting the enologist with chemical analysis, and cleaning and preparing the winery for harvest. Throughout harvest, each intern will be learning and developing skills in the cellar and working closely with the winemaking team. Responsibilities include but are not limited to sorting and processing fruit, cleaning and sanitation of the winery and equipment, fermentation monitoring and management, lab analysis, pump operation, barrel work, press operation, racking, and bottling.
The ideal candidate is a highly motivated, enthusiastic individual who possesses and maintains an attention for detail even under stressful situations. They must be willing to work hard, with flexible hours including early mornings, nights, and weekends. The internship begins in late July or early August with a flexible ending date in November or December. The candidate would have ideally completed coursework in Viticulture or Enology and have at least one harvest cellar experience.
Candidates for the position must have a valid driver’s license, must be able to lift 50 lbs, the ability to climb ladders and stairs, and possess a motivated “can do” spirit and a good sense of humor.
Please send your resume with a brief cover letter to: CLVHarvest@gmail.com