Associate Winemaker - Pacific Northwest
E. & J. Gallo Winery - Washington, DC

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Please complete the entire online application along with any prescreening questions that pertain to this opportunity. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

About Us - Winery

Over seventy-five years ago, with humble beginnings, brothers Ernest and Julio Gallo began E. & J. Gallo Winery. Today, we are the world's largest family-owned winery. We distribute wines to 90 countries and are the largest exporter of California wine. E. & J. Gallo Winery employs a creative and talented team of more than 5,000 people.

We truly believe that the contributions of our employees are what make our Winery a dominant force in the ever-growing wine industry.

If you want to work with great people and enjoy a career in a dynamic industry expected to double in the next 10 years, see what opportunities await you at E. & J. Gallo Winery!

Full Time/Part Time


Job Description

Supports the development of best in class wines by overseeing daily winemaking and wine work activities and ensuring that the winemaking department accomplishes its set goals.

  • Recommends improvements in winemaking procedures; oversees winemaking and wine work implementation as it pertains to wine quality, jointly with the winemaker.
  • Ensures that wine quality, style and winemaking operations meet expectation in the absence of the winemaker.
  • Identifies aromas and flavors in wines; recommends treatments to improve wine and attains wine flavor profiles which meet marketing needs quality through tasting of inventory at assigned location(s).
  • Schedules short term wine work plans with input from the winemaker and cellar operations.
  • Provides input and supports the development of long-term work plans with winemaker and cellar operations.
  • Resolves issues surrounding logistical, quality, and labor limitations.
  • Ensures that production plans and quality parameters are met in terms of bottling, lab analysis follow-up from daily wine work, blending and other cellar operations; reports any defections to winemaker.
  • Maintains record keeping for compliance with Federal and State regulations.
  • Serves as a spokesperson for the winery to the trade on occasion.
  • Works with marketing and public relations to support the technical side of their work; communicates winemaking goals to employees.
  • Addresses supply/demand fluctuations in response to forecasting changes to help meet product volume goals.
  • Makes decisions to ensure the best implementation of the long-term work plan.
  • Comprises decisions on priority of wine work given the condition of the wine.
  • Collaborates with the winemaker to oversee supply and ingredient inventory, including pre-harvest winemaking supplies, all wine additives and fining agents.
  • Makes short-term decisions, including during harvest to accommodate the inflow of fruit and subsequent juice work to meet priorities; influences harvest decisions in the grapes received, crushing, pressing, and fermentation process.
  • Plans and requests juice and barreling movement to maximize labor and space availability.
  • Conducts fining trials, defect mitigation processes, and general wine risk assessments.
  • Initiates, develops and reports on trials and experiments.
  • Participates on cross-functional teams for continuous improvement of winemaking processes and procedures.
  • Interfaces with other resources/departments of the organization in order to ensure successful (productive, high quality, legal, and profitable) completion of winemaking processes.
  • Participates in the winemaking process-changes.
  • Conducts presentations for internal and external customers.
  • Must maintain satisfactory attendance, to include timeliness.
  • Responsible for understanding and complying with applicable quality, environmental and safety regulatory considerations. If accountable for the work of others, responsible for ensuring their understanding and compliance.
  • This job description reflects management's assignment of essential functions; it does not prescribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Bachelor's degree in Fermentation Science, Enology, Viticulture, Chemistry, Biology, Food Science plus 3 years of winemaking experience reflecting increasing levels of responsibility OR 7 years of winemaking experience.
  • Experienced and skilled in wine tasting; required to judge wine color.
  • Required to be at least 21 years of age because of wine tasting.
  • Required to possess a valid driver's license and clean driving record.
  • High school diploma or GED.
  • Bachelor's degree in Fermentation Science, Enology, Viticulture, Food Science plus 5 years of winemaking experience reflecting increasing levels of responsibility.
  • Knowledge of technical procedures and ability to understand and use technical documents.
  • Exposure to other winemaking regions and different climatic conditions.
  • Skilled in the use of MS Word, MS Excel, MS Access, MS PowerPoint and Outlook at an intermediate level.
  • Experience effectively communicating with other wine tasters.
  • Experience establishing and maintaining appropriate cross functional relationships.
  • Skilled in full breadth of winemaking, operations, and winegrowing; knowledge from grape to bottle.
  • Skilled in applying advanced mathematical concepts such as exponents, logarithms, quadratic equations and permutations.
  • Experience with defining problems, collecting data, establishing facts, and drawing valid conclusions.
  • Experience with interpreting an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and dealing with several abstract and concrete variables.
  • Experience with carrying out assignments that are broad and difficult in nature, requiring originality and ingenuity.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear and taste or smell. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, sit, use hands to finger, handle or feel, reach with hands and arms, climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. Specific vision abilities required by this job include color vision (judging wine color).

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts, high, precarious places, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals and outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


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