ASSISTANT WINEMAKER (Wine Jobs: Vineyards & Cellars )

Full Time

  Maui Wine, Ltd.

  Kula, Hawaii

Maui Wine Ltd. is seeking an assistant winemaker to join our team. As the only fully integrated vineyard and winery in Hawaii, we are a unique and innovative producer that prides itself on making wines that express the island of Maui and the distinctiveness of our vineyard location and climate. Production includes estate wines, non-estate blends, wines made from locally grown pineapples, and a bottle fermented sparkling program, requiring year-round production. 

This position would be hands on in all aspects of the daily operations and requires a motivated candidate who enjoys working in a unique, collaborative, team-based environment. 

Education/Work Experience:
•  Bachelor of Science in Enology or Food Science
•  Three years’ work-related experience required, with some supervisory duties
•  Excellent proficiency in routine winery lab analysis is required
•  Strong understanding of fermentation chemistry, food safety and mathematical equations 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 
•  Able to perform and oversee all activities included in the operation of the winery and lab
•  Assist management team with executing all winemaking operations to meet production target.
•  Supervise, direct and participate in the production of all wines and insure that they meet established specifications. 
•  Monitor bulk and bottled inventory via periodic lab analysis and tastings
•  Insure and direct the oversight of specific wine products as per their specifications
•  Pursue improvement of wine quality, work on innovation and enhancing winemaking techniques.
•  Monitor and analysis sparkling wine tirage and disgorging operations
•  Support SOP’s, and Food Safety programs to ensure that products and facilities comply with regulations. 
•  Provides winemaking technical support and data to winemaking team and production staff
•  Work directly with the winemaking staff, consultants and owners to develop, assure and establish brand quality parameters. 
•  Organize, prepare and participate in winemaking tastings, blending and trials
•  Responsible for meeting winemaking styles
•  Monitors and reports on the quality control of all (still and sparkling) winemaking processes including post bottling 
•  Oversees the fruit wine operations from crush to finish, including process, analysis and blending trials for consistency of end product. 
•  Oversees cellar work orders and processes for accuracy, completion and compliance 
•  Assists in maintaining sanitation standards, order and appearance of cellar
•  Identifies areas where procedures can be improved and suggest courses of action
•  Performs and supervises all lab procedures, results, standardize solutions and verify accuracy of procedures in lab regularly; establish new protocols when needed. 
•  Assists in vineyard work, analysis and harvest decisions 

Skills and Job Requirements:
•  Must have excellent written and oral communication skills with staff, owners and consultants
•  Ability to train and develop staff
•  Able to operate with efficiency specialized winemaking equipment (press, filters, pumps, etc.) 
•  Able to organize and adapt to changing situations 
•  Desire to be an ongoing learner 
•  Able to think both analytical and subjectively 
•  Enjoys working within a diverse team 
•  Knowledge of and involved in viticulture practices and decisions for best harvest and wine quality results. 
•  Has a positive attitude, sets a good example and has a pioneering spirit. 
•  Naturally detail orientated
•  Excellent sensory evaluation skills
•  Physically fit and able to perform all required duties
•  Excellent knowledge of word, Excel spreadsheet and email applications and commitment to timely reporting
•  In depth knowledge of federal/state wine production and safety regulations in order to ensure compliance.

Excellent Company Benefit Package including housing
Salary: DOE

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