Harvest Internship
Geyserville, CA, United States

Job Summary:  Virginia Dare Winery is looking for entry level and experienced cellar workers to join our team for the harvest season. We are a premium winery located in the Alexander Valley. As a member of our team you will have the opportunity to be involved in various crush activities while working with a highly motivated and dynamic production team.

Successful candidates will be assigned to one of the 2 shifts and will be expected to be available during their scheduled work days during the harvest period from the middle of August through the beginning of November. 

Reasonable Accommodations Statement: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable Accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Teamwork and Attitude

  • Ability to work in harmony with others
  • Demonstrate independence and initiative in work
  • Demonstrate dependability 
  • Display a positive attitude and have good interpersonal skills

Wine and barrel work

  • Move or rack wine from tank to tank
  • Use a variety of pumps such as centrifugals, air pumps, piston pumps
  • Know the capacity and locations of all tanks, measure tanks accurately
  • Correctly mark tanks with lot information and understand the lot identification system
  • Perform tank top maintenance and inspections
  • Prepare yeast and other materials for fermenter additions, perform pumpovers on red fermenters
  • Calculate and make additions such as SO2, tartaric acid, PVPP, Liquigel, copper sulfate, and CO2
  • Calibrate and use the oxygen meter correctly
  • Fill and empty barrels, make SO2 additions to barrels and top with wine
  • Fill in on the bottling line on occasion for non-operator positions

Sanitation, wine movement set up, workplace maintenance

  • Prepare tanks for wine moves as specified by the work order or supervisor
  • Clean, sanitize and rinse tanks, fittings, hoses and pumps
  • Understand the principles and standards of sanitation
  • Understand the purpose and use of the chemicals used in the cleaning process

Completion of work orders

  • Understands how written work orders relate to actual wine movements
  • Records before and after tank measurements accurately and coverts measurements to gallons
  • Able to perform inventory tasks on tanks, barrels or dry goods


  • Understands the hazards of handling chemicals used in the cellar and the required PPE to handle them
  • Recognizes safety hazards and brings them to the supervisor's attention immediately
  • Prior harvest experience is highly desired but not essential we will train the right person. Successful candidates will be highly motivated, detail driven individuals who possess an aptitude to work independently as well as part of a team. This is a paid internship with full time opportunity after the completed season.


Job Requirements: 

Education/Experience: High school degree, ability to perform simple math calculations.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:  Basic knowledge of grape and wine production process is helpful, previous winery harvest experience helpful, ability to work as a team member essential. Able to read and write in English.

Physical Demands:

N (Not Applicable)-Activity is not applicable to this occupation.

O (Occasionally)-Occupation requires this activity up to 33% of the time (0-2.5+hrs/day)

F (Frequently)-Occupation requires this activity from 33% - 66% of the time (2.5-5.5+ hrs/day)

C(Constantly)-Occupation requires this activity more than 66% of the time (5.5+ hrs/day)


Stand-C , Walk-C, Sit-O, Handling/Fingering-F, Reaching Outward-F, Reaching Above Shoulder-O, Climb-O, Crawl-O , Squat or Kneel-O , Bend-O, Working at the computer-N



10 lbs or Less-F

11 – 20 lbs-F

21 – 50 lbs-F

51 – 100 lbs-O

Over 100 lbs-N


12 lbs or Less-F

13 – 25 lbs-F

26 – 40 lbs-F

41 – 100 lbs-O

Other Physical Requirements

Vision (Near, Distance)

Sense of Sound (i.e. Machinery/tractor sounds)

Sense of Touch

Ability to wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) (Steel toe boots, safety glasses)


Work Environment: Cellar Worker 1 positions may be required to work on any shift (day, swing, or graveyard) for given periods of time. The work in this position occurs in an environment that can be wet or dry, cold or warm, indoors or outdoors. Cellar Worker 1 positions may fill in on occasion on the bottling line, which is a noisy environment.

Other: Valid driver’s license is needed to be able to drive company vehicles off of the property

Safety Statement

All employees shall follow safe practices according to the Injury and Illness Prevention Policy (IIPP), render every possible aid to safe operations, and report all unsafe conditions or practices immediately to any management employee or Human Resources.


Posted: September 01, 2017