Wine and Viticulture

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Submission #935

Cellar Technician 1-2
Full Time
O'Neill Vintners & Distillers/ Robert Hall Winery
Paso Robles
O’Neill Vintners & Distillers is the leading California producer of premium brands, bulk wine, brandy and spirits for the beverage alcohol trade. Leveraging our vertically integrated vineyard, winery and bottling operations, O’Neill Vintners provides the highest quality products and service at an exceptional value. O’Neill Vintners was founded in 2004 by Jeff O’Neill, former CEO of Golden State Vintners and third generation member of a California winemaking family with industry roots dating back to 1934. From grape supply through wine processing to bottling services, O’Neill is recognized as the preferred outsourcing partner for national retailers and some of the largest adult beverage brands in the world. Today, O’Neill Vintners has grown to become the 7th largest winery in California and has earned a reputation as one of the premier commercial wine producers in the business.
The Cellar Technician 1 will assist in all phases of wine making process, as well as care, maintenance, and sanitation of all equipment and facilities. Candidates should strive to learn something new each day, while being proactive and attentive to crafting high-end wines.

The following reflects management’s definition of essential functions for this job but does not restrict the tasks that may be assigned. Management may assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time due to reasonable accommodation or other reasons.

Able to read and understand work orders
Able to gauge tanks accurately
Must understand and obey all safety and work rules
Be neat and clean in appearance
Assist unloading of trucks at crop reception
Make crush additions at crop reception
Safely and effectively clean crop reception area
Water back fresh crush pomace
Rehydrate yeast and inoculate fermenters
Make fermentation additions
Pump over red fermenters
Safely and effectively clean pump over apparatus
Clean and sanitize general winery equipment
Load bulk trucks as per requirements
Mix and sample wine tanks
Fill and empty wine barrels
Make additions to and top wine barrels
Operate forklift


One to two years’ experience in wine or related industry preferred
Ability to work any shift 7 days a week
Ability to understand and follow written and verbal instructions
Good written and verbal communication skills
Must have current California driver’s license


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to do the following:

Regularly required to roll, move, and/or lift 60-gallon wine barrels when needed
Must be able to stand, stoop, lean, lift and squat
Work long hours during peak period
Climb stairs and ladders
Ability to move and/or lift up to 50 pounds


Works in wine cellar where temperatures are cool and noise level is usually moderate to high at times
Exposed to outside temperatures on a regular basis

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