Vintage Wine Estates, Inc.

  • Cellar Tech II - 8th Street Barrel House

    Job Locations US-CA-Sonoma
    Location : Name
    Girard Winery - 8th Street East, Sonoma, CA
  • Overview

    Vinetage Wine Estates, Inc. Barrel Facility is located in the heart of Sonoma, CA. This location is primarily barrel work that includes receiving/shipping of wine, racking, cleaning and tracking barrels. We pride ourselves on maintaining a safe and clean workspace for our employees.


    The Cellar Technician II team member will have at least 5 harvests of experience and a complete understanding of all cellar operations and equipment. A person that can lead or assist others based on the need and will be reporting directly to the Cellar Master.





    During Harvest

    • Sorting, crushing and pressing of over 12 different grape varieties
    • Sanitation of all winery equipment
    • Must, juice and wine additions
    • Pump-overs and punch-downs
    • Tank and Press dig-outs and sanitation
    • Barrel maintenance: racking, sulfuring, topping, and stirring
    • Fermentation monitoring

    Outside of Harvest

    • Racking barrel lots
    • Blending of wines for bottling
    • Forklift driving of full barrels
    • Maintaining barrel lots with so2 and topping
    • Continual cleaning and organizing of the cellar
    • Perform other duties as assigned by management


    • Lead Safety trainings and orientation
    • Performs Safety Inspections
    • Role model for all cellar employees
    • Assist the Cellar Master with PPE management
    • Confined Space entry supervisor



    • Role model throughout.
    • Speaks up when needed to address short comings or to improve the processes.
    • Lead participation in meetings and shares ideas.
    • Promote the respect of company policies and company property.
    • Coach, praise and correct others as warranted.
    • Assist the Cellar Master with
       Maintenance projects.
       Daily mechanical systems walk-thru.
       Harvest hiring.
       Leading the day/week when the Cellar Master is out.


    • Trains new employees in proper procedures
    • Has the ability to evaluate wines for basic defects
    • Strong math and problem-solving skills
    • Strong communication skills. Able to adjust style as needed to reach the audience
    • Stands for what is right for the wine based on the activity and makes sure that short cuts are not taken. Speaks up when there is an issue
    • Can perform, lead and train others in all wine operation from grape delivery to bottling
    • Assist Cellar Master with
      • Barrel maintenance record keeping
      • New Oak spreadsheet and Barrel Maintenance spreadsheet
      • Tank gassing list
      • Developing SOP
    •   Strong knowledge of Cooperage, barrel care and the ability to repair basic leaks.


    • Always thinking ahead of the current project
    • Always considering the other projects that are happening in the cellar and adapting to promote the successful completion of all the projects
    • Can find information in NAV to promote the workflow
    • Can print barrel stickers
    • Assists Cellar Master with
      • Creation of BOL for wine and non-wine activity
      • The proper receival of goods including documentation
      • The receival documentation and bar coding of new Oak
      • Chemical inventory
      • Planning of the next day
      • Develops and promotes efficiency improvement without compromising quality
      • Leads the nightshift team during Harvest
      • Weighmaster


    • A strong level of organizational skills
    • Commitment to excellence and high standards
    • Must be capable of working independently while managing multiple tasks at once
    • Ability to understand and follow written and verbal instructions



    • Knowledge of wines and wine production
    • Must share company values: integrity, respect, value creation, compliance, customer focus
    • Versatility, flexibility, and a willingness to work in an evolving environment with enthusiasm
    • Has basic computer skills, Excel, Word 


    • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position
    • Must be able to bend, squat, climb, push, stoop and crouch repeatedly
    • Must be able to stand and walk for extended periods as required by job duties
    • Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs on a regular basis
    • Work environment may include cold/hot temperatures, wet surfaces etc.
    • Proper PPE must be worn at all times 


    • Must be able to work a flexible schedule

    Vintage Wine Estates provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, or any other legally protected status.


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