Harvest Oenologist

Francis Ford Coppola Winery Rutherford , CA 94558

Posted 3 weeks ago

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Laboratory Duties (50%):

  • Assist in obtaining samples requested from production staff

  • Experimental monitoring and report

  • Take samples of grapes, juice or wine as requested from bins, barrels, tanks, or bottles.

  • Run routine analysis based on requests, including but not limited to: Temperature, brix, TA, pH, Malic acid, RS,CO2, O2, Density, VA, T&FSO2, modified Harbertson-Adams assay for grapes/wine with repeatability and accuracy

  • Record analysis correctly electronically

  • Check one's own analysis numbers against previous analysis and repeat if necessary

  • Alert supervisor to any abnormal results or those that might risk wine quality

  • Monitor equipment, calibrate, notify supervisor if out of specifications

  • Make additions, sample tanks for QC as needed

  • Understand MSDS information sheets, hazardous material handling, wear PPE

  • Respect all safety policies and procedures; insure correct operating status of safety equipment

  • Weigh, measure, using scale, volumetric pipettes or flasks, graduated cylinders

  • Monitor and record data for all white wine fermentations

  • Viticulture (45%)

  • Designs and executes an experimental plan for a few pre-determined areas of interest

  • Collects and records all the necessary data in all areas affecting the experiments

  • Presents the data in a logical and meaningful manner, with interpretations of results

  • Collects vineyard samples and analyzes them

  • Assists the vineyard team as necessary to ensure that the experiment parameters are met

  • Cellar Duties (5%)

  • Assist the cellar staff by ensuring the procedures for experimental fermentations are followed

  • Operating equipment to include: scale, centrifuge, spectrophotometer, water bath, titration, pH meter, aspirator, micro-pipette, UV-Vis spectrophotometer

Supervisory Responsibilities:

Job Requirements:

Education/Experience: BS Degree in Oenology or related International equivalent; or up to three years related experience or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Analytical Skills
  • Ability to use thinking and reasoning to solve a problem.
  • Autonomy
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Communication, Oral
  • Ability to communicate effectively with others using the spoken word.
  • Creative
  • Ability to think in such a way as to produce a new concept or idea.
  • Deductive Reasoning
  • Ability to apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to a wide range of intellectual and practical problems.
  • Detail Oriented
  • Ability to pay attention to the minute details of a project or task.
  • Honesty / Integrity
  • Ability to be truthful and be seen as credible in the workplace.
  • Initiative
  • Ability to make decisions or take actions to solve a problem or reach a goal.
  • Reliability
  • The trait of being dependable and trustworthy.
  • Safety Awareness and Accountability
  • Ability to identify and correct conditions that affect employee safety, be responsible for personal safety and safety of others, adhere to company policies and procedures.

Physical Demands:

N (Not Applicable)

  • Activity is not applicable to this occupation

O (Occasionally)

  • Occupation requires this activity up to 33% of the time (0-2.5+hrs/day)

F (Frequently)

  • Occupation requires this activity from 33% - 66% of the time (2.5-5.5+ hrs/day)


  • Occupation requires this activity more than 66% of the time (5.5+ hrs/day)

Stand O, Walk O, Sit O, Handling/Fingering O, Reaching Outward O, Reaching Above Shoulder O, Climb N, Crawl N, Squat or Kneel O, Bend O, Working at the computer

  • O

10 lbs or Less, F
11 20 lbs, F
21 50 lbs, O
51 100 lbs, O

Over 100 lbs, N

12 lbs or Less, F
13-25 lbs, F
26-40 lbs, O
41-100 lbs, N

Other Physical Requirements

Vision (Near, Distance)

Sense of Sound (i.e. Machinery/tractor sounds)

Sense of Touch

Ability to wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) (Steel toe boots, safety glasses)

Work Environment: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, moving mechanical parts, and outside weather conditions. The employee is occasionally exposed to high, precarious places; fumes or airborne particles; toxic or caustic chemicals; risk of electrical shock; and vibration. The noise level in the work environment is frequently loud. Employee works around dangerous, automatic machinery.


  • Must be certified to drive/operate a forklift; in house training and certification will be completed as necessary to comply with Cal-OSHA regulations.

  • Valid U.S. Driver's License and clean DMV record required (if applicable)

  • Forklift License or knowledge is a preferred but not essential

  • English and Spanish skills preferred (Bilingual)

  • Wine knowledge, Oenology and some Viticultural knowledge preferred

  • Computer skills: Outlook, Excel, Winemaker's Database, Vintrace (VinX2), Filemaker Pro, Word

  • Must be able to lift and carry heavy objects of 40 pounds (1 case of wine)

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Harvest Oenologist

Francis Ford Coppola Winery