Assistant winemakers should be able to work well independently, and communication skills are important in this position to coordinate with team members as well as the head winemaker, general manager, and executives.
Assistant winemakers operate expensive and complex wine-making tools and machines and may receive ongoing training in new techniques as the industry progresses. Daily tasks in this position include warehousing, wine-making and bottling, blending, fermentation processing, grape crushing, racking, and overseeing production processing, and lab analysis skills are highly beneficial for keeping track of sampling, data collection, and fermentation practices.
These assistants may work extended hours during harvest season and should have the flexibility to occasionally work in different locations during harvesting or other high-production times of year. Some may be responsible for keeping accurate records of the production process, including daily and monthly logs of the winery process which detail the production schedule and process as well as inventory management.
Mindfulness and monitoring of sanitation practices and procedures is important in this position, as are documenting and reporting any sanitary issues in a timely manner. A background in chemistry and/or wine-making and at least two years of experience in the field, including in grape crushing and wine bottling and processing, are generally required of assistant winemakers.
Assistant Winemaker Tasks
Assist with receiving incoming shipments, generating work orders, and processing wine.
Taste and evaluate wines and blends, ensuring bottles meet lab analysis and tasting standards.
Interpret quality, environmental, and safety regulations to ensure compliance.
Assist winemaking team by maintaining production goals.
Resolve issues with wine finishing program.