House Family Vineyards
House Family Vineyards in Saratoga is looking for an intern over the summer and potentially during harvest.
We are a young, family owned vineyard that has been growing grapes and making wine on the steep hills above Silicon Valley since 1998. On ten acres we grow mostly Cabernet, Chardonnay and Sauvignon blanc. We farm some additional vineyards in Saratoga and Los Gatos, and we source grapes from various other vineyards in the Santa Cruz Mountains and elsewhere.
We are not certified organic, but have been farming organically, and are now in the process to get certified. Because of the steep hills, and small lots much of the work in the fields is completely manual. We use goats to reduce fire fuel, and upcycle food scraps into eggs through our chicken coop. And what the chickens don't eat gets composted.
The winemaking follows a strict "as much as necessary, as little as possible" philosophy. We make the wine in the vineyards, and try not to interfere with the grapes once they are harvested.
17 to 20
September 15 or through harvest
We are offering an internship starting in June and through the summer till early September, with the option to extend the internship throughout harvest. Our German vineyard manager Jonathan studied in Geisenheim and gained much of his own experience in multiple internships. He can be a little gruff at times, and he does expect dedication and hard work, but he loves sharing his knowledge (and the occasional beer after hours), and he is always eager to learn and try new things himself.
The internship will mostly involve work in the vineyards. You will join our international crew, and work with them in the fields, performing the everyday tasks involved in growing grapes. However, you will also have the opportunity to drive tractors, and other machinery, help with pest management and gain insights in the nuts and bolts of managing a vineyard.
You can also expect to help with bottling, working with our winemaker Jim. He is a chef by training, and gained his experience through practical winemaking itself over the past twenty years.
We encourage students of all genders, ethnicities, and backgrounds to apply. We are aware that housing in Silicon Valley is challenging, and we are open to discuss what it would take to make it possible for a potential prospect to come and work with us.