2019 Harvest Intern

Friday, 12 April, 2019
Jerry Smith     1-707-433-1000 ext. 136
California North Coast  


Dry Creek Vineyard is a leading family-owned winery in the beautiful Dry Creek Valley of Sonoma County, California.  Beginning with the first vintage in 1972, Dry Creek Vineyard produces acclaimed Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Zinfandel, and red Bordeaux-style blends.

We are seeking three seasonal full-time interns to join our winemaking team for the upcoming 2019 harvest season.  This season typically runs from early-mid August in to late November, depending on weather.

Wine quality is of the utmost importance.  Qualified candidates must possess a strong work ethic, great attention to detail, and a positive attitude.   Interns are responsible for all aspects of cellar work including crush pad operations, cap management (pumpovers/punchdowns), fermentation monitoring, additions, rackings, barrel work, shoveling out tanks for pressing, bottling line labor, etc. A significant amount of time will be dedicated to cleaning and sanitation. There will also be opportunities for interns to visit and sample vineyards.

This is a physically-demanding harvest position that may require long hours and little time off, depending on the pace of the season.  Ideal candidates will have a formal winemaking education and/or previous harvest experience.  International candidates are encouraged.  Pay is hourly, housing is provided for candidates who live out of the area, and use of a car for transportation to and from work will be available, if needed.

Qualifications & Skills:

  • Previous winery production & harvest experience.
  • Strong work ethic, great attention to detail, and a positive attitude.
  • Strong organizational skills; ability to manage changing priorities and workflow
  • Passion for winemaking and desire to learn winemaking operations and their effect on wine quality and style. 
  • Ability to work while bending, twisting, squatting, pushing, pulling, reaching overhead, or kneeling for 2 to 3 hours continuously, and up to 12 hours per day.
  • Basic math, reading, and writing skills.
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds.
  • Ability to learn forklift operation.

Willingness to work long hours and weekends.