Vineyard and Winemaking Intern Position (Wine Jobs: Vineyards & Cellars )


  Hamel Family Wines

  Sonoma, California

Hamel Family Wines, located in Sonoma Valley, California is seeking a vineyard and winemaking intern to assist its vineyard and winemaking teams for the 2018 growing season and harvest, which is expected to last from the beginning of May through the end of October. Successful candidates will share a passion for vine and wine, an interest in learning about organic and biodynamic grape growing and the winemaking process, be prepared to work hard in a team-oriented, exacting work environment, and willing to work long, concentrated hours indoors and outside.

Vineyard Responsibilities Include:

•  Assist and Follow Experiments and Researches;
•  Plant Water Status Monitoring;
•  Maturity Sampling;
•  Yield Estimation;
•  Plant Tissue and Soil Sampling;
•  Pest and Disease Scouting.

Winery Responsibilities Include:

•  Operating sorting, de-stemming, and press equipment during grape processing;
•  Fermentation management (stirring barrels for whites; rolling barrels and pump-overs for reds), monitoring, and analysis;
•  Performing inoculations and fermentation additions; 
•  Maintaining winery sanitation.

The intern position will require long, concentrated hours at the winery and in the vineyard including weekends and evenings.


•  Interest in Viticulture and Vine Physiology;
•  Strong work ethic and self starter;
•  Pleasant, team-oriented attitude;
•  Enthusiasm to engage in all winery and vineyard tasks;
•  Attention to detail;
•  Strong communication skills; competency in Spanish a plus;
•  Ability to lift 50 lbs.;
•  Previous vineyard cellar experience is preferred, but not a necessity;
•  Studies in viticulture or enology or related sciences preferred;
•  Valid driver’s license.

Compensation: $15/hour plus staff meals

Time Frame: Beginning of May – end of October 2018.

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