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E. & J. Gallo | Healdsburg, California
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Job Description

Why E. & J. Gallo Winery?

Recently recognized by Glassdoor as one of the “Top 50 Best Places to Work”, we couldn’t be prouder of our employees. As a family-owned wine and spirits company with over 90 brands, the heart of our success story is our people. Our passions run deep and what unites us is an incredible culture of teamwork, innovation, and collaboration. Are you a passionate team player who is looking to grow your career? If so, apply today! Cheers! Your Talent & Gallo — A Perfect Pairing.

Gallo is seeking a innovative, talented Winemaker in Sonoma County!

This position is responsible for overseeing the production of high quality wine and influencing the full spectrum of the winemaking processes (picking decisions through the bottling process) ensuring maximum productivity and efficiency in creating high quality wines. Participates in the development of operating strategies to accomplish goals for the winery. Functions as a technical and creative resource in wine and winemaking matters including representing the winery at public and trade events. 
What You Will Do:

  • Recommends wine style evolution to the Directors and the Vice President of Winemaking.
  • • Identifies aromas and flavors in wines; recommends treatments to improve wine quality by tasting the inventory.
  • • Establishes winemaking processes and procedures; creates a “wine plan” that outlines quality and style objectives ensuring that winemaking operations meet expectations.
  • • Utilizes “wine plan” to provide direction in the cellar process management of grapes, juices and wines including chemical and ingredient additions, racks, transfers, clarification, blends, shipping and final preparation for bottling.
  • • Maintains product quality and addresses supply/demand fluctuations to help meet product volume goals.
  • • Directs harvest timing and picking decisions ensuring optimum grape quality for winemaking objectives.
  • • Collaborates with GVI unit managers and ranch team leads to help monitor the growing season efforts while attaining cost and quality goals.
  • • Collaborates with Directors, the Vice President of Winemaking, and the Finance department to ensure that case volumes, quality and financial goals are achieved.
  • • Recommends and implements bottle aging strategies and release timing of all products.
  • • Organizes and participates in wine tasting process; attains wine flavor profiles which meet marketing needs.
  • • Develops wine blends and new wines in order to support short and long-term winemaking goals and objectives.
  • • Recommends and evaluates new products; implements production on new approved wines.  
  • • Oversees all enological matters; ensures appropriate record keeping for legal compliance with Federal, State, and international regulations relating to winemaking activities
  • • Investigates new requirements as necessary for wine portfolio.
  • • Collaborates on quality assurance processes and procedures to reflect and enhance winemaking procedures.
  • • Leads and motivates the winemaking team with innovative and creative approaches; communicates winemaking goals to employees.
  • • Oversees barrel and cellar purchases related to specific winemaking responsibilities.
  • • Monitors the supply and ingredient inventory, including pre-harvest winemaking supplies, all wine additives and fining agents.
  • • Participates in marketing and public relations activities.
  • • Serves as lead technical spokesperson for the winery.
  • • Collaborates with vineyard operations, grower relations, compliance, maintenance, finance and the winemaking staff to ensure optimum production, efficiency and quality.
  • • Coordinates with the operations team ensuring that all safety programs are up-to-date and maintained.
  • • Ensures that procedural and current best practice documents relating to the winemaking processes and procedures are developed and updated.
  • • Oversees the continuous improvement of process through all phases of the wine production.

What You Will Need:

  • High School Diploma or GED from an accredited institution
  • Bachelor's degree in Biological Engineering, Biology, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Enology, Viticulture, Fermentation Science, Nutritional Science, Food Science or Microbiology plus 7 years of enology, viticulture or winemaking experience reflecting increasing levels of responsibility.
  • Supervisory or managerial experience.
  • Required to work extended hours during peak times of the year to ensure wine quality.
  • Required to possess a valid driver's license and clean driving record.
  • Required to identify and articulate variances in wine color by sight and identify wine flavors by taste and smell.
  • • Required to be at least 21 years of age.

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Gallo does not sponsor for employment based visas for this position now or in the future.
Rvequisition ID: 37881 

Equal Opportunity Employer.

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