Wente Family Estates
Founded in 1883, Wente Family Estates is the longest continuously-operated family-owned winery in the country, owned and managed by the fourth and fifth generations of the Wente family. The family owns estate vineyards in the Livermore Valley, San Francisco Bay and Arroyo Seco, Monterey appellations. All of our wines are distributed throughout the United States and select brands are featured in over 70 countries worldwide. In 2010, Wente Family Estates was among the first wineries to receive the Certified California Sustainable Vineyard and Winery designation, and one of the only wineries to certify every aspect of its business. In 2011, Wente Family Estates was named American Winery of the Year by Wine Enthusiast and a top 30 wine company by Wine Business Monthly. With the deepest respect for the knowledge passed down from previous generations, the fourth and fifth generations of the Wente family continue their vision for wine quality and integrity through passion, dedication and pursuit of excellence.
Discussed during Interview
Wente Vineyards is seeking a viticulture intern to join the Livermore, CA Viticulture team for the 2021 growing season through harvest. This is a full time, seasonal, hourly position, starting mid spring or early summer and lasting through harvest (typically around mid-November). This dynamic position will provide valuable experience in vineyard. The ideal candidate will have an up-for-anything attitude and take pride in their work, no matter how small the task. S/he will have an interest in agriculture and Vineyard Management, respect for and sense of comradery with members of the team, a good work ethic and desire to be a part of the harvest family. It’s expected that the Harvest Intern will have a flexible schedule during the employment period, be eager and willing to work early mornings and long extended hours, be physically fit enough to lift/move awkward objects or smart enough to ask for help when they can’t and able to be on their feet for most of the day. You will be working on the Wente Vineyards ranch in the Livermore Valley, with the possibility of visiting our Arroyo Seco Monterey Ranch. We strive to grow world-class grapes at Wente and desire to work with others who share the same vision.
The Viticulture Intern will gain experience in many facets of the winery, but will mainly be responsible for the following:
Assist in annual crop estimates across all vineyards; cluster counts and weights.
Assist in identifying and marking sampling areas for each vineyard block
Conduct daily berry and cluster sampling of vineyard blocks
Process grape samples and basic chemistry analysis
Monitor vineyards for pests, diseases, nutritional disorders, and vine health. Communicate issue to viticulture team as needed
Accurate record keeping.
Check on individual vineyard grape harvesting as needed for quality control.
Follow safe operating procedures.
Special projects and responsibilities as assigned.
Agricultural experience or Viticulture/horticulture education is a plus
Previous winery or harvest experience is beneficial
Good understanding of fundamentals of viticulture: physiology of vine, nutrients, pest and diseases is preferred
A strong attention to detail, positive attitude, great communication skills, willingness to work hard and get dirty, and the ability to work well with others is essential
Must be available to work early morning hours including extended hours during Harvest season.
Ability to perform the physical demands of vineyard work and lift and carry 50 pounds.
Ability to work long hours/weekends and in various conditions/terrains/climates.
Valid CA Driver’s License required with a safe driving record
Preferably over the age of 21
Spanish speaking is a plus.