Join Our Crew
Each spring, we hire staff for the tasting room, events, and the vineyard. If you’d like to be notified when we’re hiring, please email Sara at [email protected] and we’ll let you know when jobs open up. We’re not currently hiring. Thanks for your interest!
2017 Vineyard/Winery Apprentice
Each season, we offer an apprenticeship with our vineyard manager and winemaker. The summer is mostly spent in the vineyard, working with our crew to complete each task through the vines. We start in late May with shoot thinning for 2-3 weeks. Then there may be a brief lull until shoot positioning begins, usually just after the 4th of July. You’ll gain an intimate understanding of grapevines– their patterns and possibilities– and learn hands-on the care that produces top-quality grapes.
There are always other things that pop up during the season. You’ll help with bottling wine, painting the porch, repairing trellises, pulling vines, labeling bottles, and everything else that crops up.
As we move toward harvest in the fall, work shifts to the crush pad and winery to clean and prepare equipment. Then throughout harvest, you’ll work with our vineyard manager and winemaker to bring the grapes in from the field, process each load, and clean equipment again. There’s a lot of cleaning during harvest :). The apprenticeship ends in mid-October, a week or two after harvest.
We are eager to share what we know and what we do with the right apprentice. We look for someone with at least a season or two of experience in agriculture or winemaking. Education in viticulture and oenology is helpful, but not required and not as important as previous experience. We look for an apprentice who’s energetic and ready to jump in with both hands.
Compensation is hourly and commensurate with experience, starting at $13/hour. Hours vary a bit across the season– there may be few weeks in June when you’ll work less than 40 hours/week, and during harvest we all work more. Please let us know if you have any questions about the apprenticeship. To apply, write to Chris and Sara at [email protected] with your cover letter, resume, and references.