2022 Seasonal Winemaking Internship (Wine Jobs: Vineyards & Cellars )


  Dehlinger Winery

  Sebastopol, California

**We can provide shared rental housing near the winery for $700 per month if desired. This includes utilities**

Dehlinger is a small, family run winery that has been in operation since 1975. Our wines have a national reputation that outstrips our physical size. We focus on producing the highest quality Estate grown Pinot noir, Chardonnay, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon from the Dehlinger Ranch in Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley.

We are seeking two highly motivated seasonal winemaking interns to join our harvest staff for 2022.

The Dehlinger internship program is very rewarding and offers the opportunity to work closely with the winemaking team in a quality-focused, intellectual environment. Our program is dynamic and includes many aspects of the vineyard and cellar.

Our interns can expect training and experience in the following:
•  Vine maturity sampling
•  Grape harvesting
•  Fruit processing: including destemmer and press operation
•  Inoculations using various yeast strains
•  Fermentation monitoring
•  Cap management: punchdowns & pumpovers
•  Tank and equipment sanitation
•  Barrel work (racking, cleaning & filling)
•  Forklift operation
•  Bottling assistance

The preferred start date is the beginning of August 2022. The projected end date is sometime between mid-November and early-December. The actual dates are dependent on the season.

Ideal qualifications:
•  Passion for wine and a desire to have a career in the wine industry
•  Coursework in Viticulture and Enology
•  Previous wine industry experience
•  Forklift experience
•  Strong work ethic and a positive attitude
•  Ability to work long and variable hours
•  Ability to perform strenuous physical tasks, such as lifting up to 50 pounds, repetitive movements, bending down, and ascend/descend ladders
•  Reliability and schedule flexibility
•  Ability to lawfully work in the USA.

Because we have a small staff, our intern must be dependable, adaptable and be able to commit to the internship and not drop out prior to or during harvest.

During the peak harvest period, our intern will be expected to work 5 or 6 days a week.

Compensation is $18-19 per hour depending on experience with overtime based on California law. ($18 for more entry level candidates and $19 for candidates with more robust qualifications)

We can also provide shared rental housing near the winery for $700 per month if desired. This includes utilities.

Candidates will be required to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 to commence employment. Reasonable accommodations will be considered on a case-by-case basis for exemptions to this requirement in accordance with applicable law

How To Apply

To apply you must include the following items:

1. Cover letter with the following:
• Tell us about yourself and your past and present wine experience.
• Let us know what you believe you can contribute to our team and what you would hope to get out of an internship with Dehlinger.
• Include the dates you are available to work.
• Include your compensation expectations
• Let us know if you are interested in the rental housing.

2. Resume with Multiple References

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