Wine and Viticulture

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Submission #897

Winemaking Intern
The Wine Group
Ripon Facility - 17000 E State Highway 120, Ripon, CA 95366
At The Wine Group we are passionate about our people, our future and our wine. We are America’s second largest wine producer by volume with over 1,200 employees globally across 12 locations in California, New York and Australia. We are proud to be responsible for many of America’s most beloved wine brands, including Cupcake, Franzia, Chloe, Concannon, Benziger, Imagery, AVA Grace, 7 Deadly and more. We are dedicated to our culture built on values like entrepreneurialism, innovation, social responsibility and stewardship. To learn about us and our career opportunities, check us out at and then come join the exciting journey at The Wine Group.

Under the supervision of Sr. Winemaker, Winemaking Intern duties will vary with the intent to participate in the overall wine quality from grape to finished product while following sustainable TWG practices. The intern will be required to spend a given amount of time shadowing different roles within the facility to gain knowledge and understand practices, processes while developing leadership skills.


Shadow different roles within the facility to gain knowledge and understand practices, processes while developing leadership skills (e.g. Cellar, Compliance, Winemaking, and Analytical Lab)
Analytical Lab: Given an opportunity to learn all the various lab procedures and should be able to identify wine specs for all the different varietals upon completion of this section. They will be required to pull tank samples which will provide assistance in the learning of the tank farm
Sanitation: The intern required to participate in the overall sanitation of the facility prior to the season. This gives an opportunity to learn the basics behind the process prior to the start of crush. The intern will work closely with the cellar employees during the completion of this process, which will help develop a good working relationship prior to the season
Crush: During crush season the intern will be required to supervise all grape processing. This includes:
Ensuring that sanitation has been properly completed prior to the daily startup
Responsible for the grape trucks from the test stand to the tanks. The intern will need to work closely with the crusher lead and operators to ensure nothing goes to the wrong tank
Responsible for seeing that additions and circulations are completed on time and in the correct manner
Responsible to see that tanks are drained/pressed at the right times based on directions from winemaking
Participate in daily fermenter tasting and conduct tank walks twice per day
Participate in and document all production scale winemaking trials
There may be times when the intern may need to make decisions based on their winemaking knowledge. When doing this they need to use all the facts to support their decision
Upon the completion of crush, the intern will provide assistance to winemaking/cellar to ensure processing is carried out in the correct manner
May be required to write work orders under the direction of the Sr. Winemaker
Assist the winemaker and compliance in the process of closing completed work orders
Stay up-to-date with all cellar processing
Need to be able to answer questions about various states of processing when approached by others
Participate in all benchtop trials as directed by winemaking (fining, blending, etc.).
Learn why and how each piece of equipment functions in the cellar. This will require that the intern spends time with each of the operators on the various pieces of equipment around the winery
The intern will be required to provide a status report on the internship upon completion of each of the major tasks above
This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for their job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.


Must be 21 years or older upon starting employment
Enrolled in an undergraduate program in Viticulture and Enology
Must be a college student, Junior Level in coursework, or above
Must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher
Must be able to commit to a minimum of six months of full-time work
Must be highly proficient in Microsoft Office, the Internet and computer aptitude
Excels at creative problem solving
Excellent communication skills, both written & verbal
Strong attention to detail and the ability to determine the root cause of the problem
Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills with attention to detail
Prioritize while able to adapt to changing priorities
Ability work independently within set guidelines
Demonstrated reliability and punctuality, work effectively in team/crew environment, adherence to all safety regulations and operating procedures.


Position will be exposed to indoor and outdoor environments with varying noise levels
Ability to perform tasks requiring bending, stooping, standing, and twisting in a production environment
Must be able to lift up to 50lbs occasionally

At The Wine Group, we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and we are committed to an environment of mutual respect, diversity and inclusion. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristic protected by law.

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