Assistant Winemaker

Ste. Michelle Wine Estates

Paterson , Washington

To assist production of premium wines for all Paterson brands as well as sister wineries as needed.

Essential Functions:
• Organize and create work orders for all production activities, working closely with cellar master and floor supervisors to assure the correct completion of those work orders.
• Monitor status of all wines in the Columbia Crest Winery inventory
• Work closely with SMWE winemaking teams to assist in production of their wines at Columbia Crest.
• Provide direction and technical assistance to the cellar master and cellar leads
• Develop, implement, and follow capital and operating budgets
• Be familiar with all aspects of winemaking and be able to act on behalf of the winemaker.
• Make routine decisions, under direction of the winemaker, as to scheduling of all procession, drawing attention to possible problem areas where applicable.
• Work closely with and delegate, when needed, to the enologist and harvest intern, sampling, data analysis, record keeping, etc.

Non-Essential Functions:
• Make appearances before technical, trade and/or consumer groups and represent the company in a public forum.
• Occasional availability to answer questions or add direction to cellar master, cellar leads, and lab technicians during off hours.

Working Conditions:
• Varying temperatures
• Humid environment
• Moderate-to-loud noise levels
• Exposure to hazardous chemicals

Physical Requirements:
• Ability to stand for long periods of time.
• Ability to climb ladders and stairs
• Ability to lift up to 50 lbs


• Minimum Age requirement of 21 when working within winemaking
• Bachelor’s degree in enology, food science or a related field preferred
• Minimum of 3-4 years winery experience
• Must be familiar with all aspects of winemaking and sensory analysis
• Must have strong organizational and supervisory skills
• Ability to travel and occasionally work weekends and extended hours during peek production periods
• 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.