Vintage Cellar Hand
Oliver, British Columbia, Canada
Position Dates: August - December 2020
Salary: $18/hour with subsidized accommodation
CheckMate Winery seeks Vintage Cellar Hands to assist with all aspects of the winemaking process in a modern artisanal winemaking facility.
(a) have or be undertaking a Bachelor’s Degree in Enology &/or Viticulture; or
(b) have at least 2 years of experience in production winemaking.
Experience with traditional, artisanal and modern winemaking techniques would be beneficial, as would knowledge of the applicable cellar procedures in a gravity fed winery.
Applicants must have experience performing the following tasks:
- Ferment management (temperature control, inoculation, cap management, monitoring nutrient status, punch downs and pump overs)
- Identifying and reducing potential microbial issues – grapes, must, and bulk wine
- Cellar experience - grape processing, fermentations, pressings, racking, transfers, blending, topping, wine aging, wine treatments, bottling, barrel maintenance and sanitation
- Operating pneumatic presses, destemmers, punch down systems, pump over systems, barrel washers, ozone machines, pumps, heating & cooling systems, solenoids, control stats, draining and pressing by gravity, gravity wine movements
- Fruit processing of Chardonnay and Bordeaux varietals
- Valid driver’s license
- Passion for making the highest quality artisanal wines – Chardonnay, Merlot and Pinot Noir
- Forklift driving (fruit processing, loading/unloading flatbed trucks and barrel stacking)
The following experience would be beneficial (but not essential):
- Lab experience
- Data-input and winemaker database experience
- Vineyard sampling experience
To apply, please send your resume directly to careers.at.checkmatewinery.com. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
Job Types: Full-time, Temporary