Assistant Traveling Winemaker

Ste. Michelle Wine Estates

Prosser , Washington

•Working on behalf of SMWE’s winemakers, this position is responsible for the orchestration and monitoring of SMWE wines processed at outside custom crush and storage facilities, assuring efficiency and optimum wine quality; following SMWE dictated protocols
•Provide technical winemaking guidance to winemaking staffs at outside facilities; ensure protocols are being followed and track analysis and development of wines
•Evaluate vineyard development during growing season, aid in picking decisions
•Aid in coordinating shipment of wines between wineries
•Maintain an inventory of all wines produced and stored in outside facilities
•Coordinate Tastings
•Perform outside winery site inspections to evaluate cleanliness and integrity of SMWE owned wines
•Monitors from vineyard to bottle all SMWE winemaking done in external facilities
•Coordinate shipping of wines between facilities
•Design, set up and perform vineyards and winemaking experiments as required by winemakers/ viticulturist
•Provide support for harvest coordinator as needed
•Provide support to SMWE facilities as needed.
•Work in a variety of conditions including indoor office/cellar environments, and outdoor in all weather conditions
This position requires travel, approximately 50% of the time
•Ability to work overtime during peak production periods.
•Ability to operate motor vehicle
•Sitting and standing for extended periods of time
•Occasional lifting up to 50 pounds


•Minimum Age requirement of 21 when working within winemaking
•2-3 years of winemaking experience
•Strong interpersonal skills, strong communicator
•Flexible, organized, self-motivated person who is good at planning ahead
•Confident decision maker with a team player attitude
•Excellent palate, including the ability to detect and articulate subtle differences in wine
•Bachelor degree preferred in Enology, Viticulture or related field
•Valid Driver’s License
•History of responsible use of alcohol and other appropriate conduct, as well as fitness to be licensed, permitted, and/or certified by state and/or local regulatory bodies.

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