Harvest Enologist (Wine Jobs: Vineyards & Cellars )

Full Time

  Owen Roe Winery

  Washington, Washington

Owen Roe is a medium sized Northwest winery with a broad offering of red and white wines in the Yakima Valley of Washington State. We are looking for some experienced and ambitious individuals to help us with the harvest season at our winery in Wapato, Washington. At our facilities we process ultra-premium fruit in small batches. Winemaking in our style can be tough physical labor with long hours; however it is not without its rewards. We provide competitive wages, lunches prepared for you daily, and a supportive working environment. The position will most likely last from mid-July through mid-to late October (actual employment term is highly dependent on the season). 

Responsibilities include:
•  Sampling fruit, juice, and wine
•  Using spectrophotometer for determination of YAN, Ammonia, & Malic acid
•  Using auto-titrator for determination of pH and TA
•  Making yeast inoculations and nutrient adds
•  Assisting fermentation manager with the collection of morning numbers (brix and temp) using a DMA.
•  Entering information into our winemaking database (IVIS). 
•  Bringing quality issues to the attention of the senior winemaking staff so that proactive planning can begin. 

Candidates will take winery hygiene, safety, and listed expectations very seriously. This position requires genuine physical work, and stamina. Depending on the flow of the season, there is a potential for long shifts and/or overtime. Prior experience as a winery enologist or closely related field required. Additionally, candidates should have at least one year of winery production experience, be able to lift 50+ pounds, climb a ladder, possess strong verbal and written English skills, and must be willing to work extended hours including weekends. A good sense of humor is especially crucial during this busy time of the year! 

Housing is provided for non-local seasonal staff. 

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