Cellar Hand, Full-Time, Year-Round (Wine Jobs: Vineyards & Cellars )

Full Time

  NexTerra Wine Company (http://www.nexterrawine.com)

  Woodridge, IL, Illinois

NexTerra Wine Company is a premier wine producer built on the belief that great wine begins in the vineyard. Headquartered just outside of Chicago, the 125,000-square-foot facility houses an onsite winery, state of the art bottling system and distribution center. Partnering with distinguished growers across the globe, NexTerra sources the highest quality grapes and nurtures each wine to its individual needs—a philosophy that has resulted in over 600 national and international wine awards. With deep industry knowledge, boundless creativity, and advanced winemaking techniques, NexTerra has grown to one of the largest U.S. producers outside of California projecting over 1,100,000 cases produced in 2022.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Under limited supervision a Cellar Hand can perform the following Cellar Tasks

  • Clean and sanitize winery equipment
  • Perform wine movements and pump-overs
  • Rack wine, shovel tanks and drains, and maintain barrels
  • Perform wine and chemical adjustments per Winemaker directions
  • top barrels
  • headspace gassing
  • measure and calculate workplace data
  • Moving, checking, handling and storing outgoing boxed good ranging from 30-40lbs.
  • Moving and organizing inventory.
  • Removing winery waste products from the winery.
  • General Winery Housekeeping duties including sweeping and picking up around the warehouse.
  • Basic understanding of winery operations and standard operating procedures.
  • Perform complex cellar and barrel tasks including but not limited to assemble blends per Winemaker instructions, add fining agents for clarifying wine, powder filtration, pad filtration, crush operator 
  • Follow safe operating procedures, support safety programs and policies to safeguard personal safety, company property, environmental and team member’s safety.
  • Must be able to perform all job functions in strict adherence to company health and safety protocols, and in accordance with quality control standards and standard equipment operating procedures.
  • Cross-Flow Filter / Pad Filter / DE Filter



  • Full Time Availability (Monday through Friday)
  • Ability to lift 50lbs
  • Will have at least 1 year of relevant warehouse experience, ideally in the food or beverage industry
  • Strict adherence to safety and sanitation guidelines
  • Ability to stand on feet for 10 hours a day
  • Experience working with machinery is a plus
  • Dedicated and an efficient worker
  • Strong verbal communication skills.

Physical Job Functions:

·        Must be able to lift at least 50 lbs frequently

·        Must be able to stand for 10 hours

·        Must be able to climb ladders

·        Must be able to handle climbing and working at great heights

NexTerra is an Equal Opportunity Employer

This is an hourly position, starting at $16.00/hr and up depending on experience. Full-time, Year-round position.

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