Vintage Cellar Hand

CheckMate Artisanal Winery - Oliver, BC (30+ days ago)

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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.

Candidates should:

(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 Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Job Types: Full-time, Temporary