Cellar Worker
Rutherford, California
Job Summary





­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Job Title:  General Cellar Worker

Date:  December 18, 2009

FLSA Status:  Non-Exempt

Location:  Rutherford, CA

Job Reports to:  Assistant Cellar Master, Winemaking

Salary Range: $24-$25



Job Summary:  (State briefly, in one or two sentences, the principal purpose of this position.)

The General Cellar Worker works in all facets of wine production from grape handling, crushing and fermentation, storage, and bottling.   


Equity Statement: All employees shall embrace the unique contributions based on the diverse backgrounds, ethnicities, cultures, experiences, and identities of each individual as we actively create and promote a company culture that is inclusive, welcoming, and supportive of all people.


Reasonable Accommodations Statement:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable Accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:  (List the primary duties and responsibilities that are a critical part of this job.  For each major responsibility, indicate the estimated percentage of time spent.)


  1. Harvest Duties: (20%)
  • Receive and weigh grapes
  • Transport bins of grapes using fork-lift
  • Sterilize pumps and hoses, crush equipment
  • Perform pump-overs and punch-downs as directed.
  • Make additions, sample tanks for QC
  • Empty tanks of pomace
  • Respect all safety policies and procedures, insure correct operating status of safety equipment
  • Wet floor, outdoor


  1. Cellar Duties: (50%)
  • Barrels: inventory, transport, wash, fill, empty, top monthly, identify, record location
  • Sterilize tanks, hoses and pumps.
  • Inspect, measure partial tanks, gas headspace.
  • S02 additions to wine in barrel
  • Safety Procedures: Confined space, tank entry, harness safety, respiratory, slip and fall
  • Measure, weigh, additions and cleaning supplies.
  • Cleans floors with pressure washer
  • Operate pumps, hoses, barrel steamer and barrel washer, ozone machine.
  • Wet floor, indoor and outdoor.
  • Lifting of heavy objects, empty barrels and cellar supplies, hoses, buckets of wine


  1. Bottling: (10%)
  • Place empty bottles onto bottling line, inspect labels and foils, supply bottling truck with bottling supplies.
  • Lift 36 pounds (one case of full bottles) from line to pallet.
  • Bend at the waist, twisting of the waist.
  • Squatting and lifting a case of wine, carrying 36 pounds ten feet and place on pallet.
  • Outdoor environment with noise protection, eye protection required.



  1. Equipment Operations: (20%)
  • Operating of equipment on property to include:
    • Fork-lift
    • Crusher
    • Press
    • Pumps and hoses
    • Ozone machine
    • Steamer machine
    • Barrel filling machine
    • Small bottling line, hand bottling equipment



Supervisory Responsibilities: (List the types of jobs that report to this position and the estimated # of incumbents.)

This job has no direct supervisory responsibilities; but certain “Lead” positions may provide work leadership to entry level maintenance workers and/or have designated areas of the property in which they are the “lead” to work being performed.


Job Requirements: (Please indicate the minimum required.)


Education/Experience: High school education or equivalent; or up to three years related experience or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.


  • Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
  • Accountability - Ability to accept responsibility and account for his/her actions.
  • Accuracy - Ability to perform work accurately and thoroughly.
  • Active Listening - Ability to actively attend to, convey, and understand the comments and questions of others.
  • Adaptability - Ability to adapt to change in the workplace.
  • Ambition - The drive to achieve personal advancement.
  • Analytical Skills - Ability to use thinking and reasoning to solve a problem.
  • Applied Learning - Ability to participate in needed learning activities in a way that makes the most of the learning experience.


  • Autonomy - Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Business Acumen - Ability to grasp and understand business concepts and issues.


  • Coaching and Development - Ability to provide guidance and feedback to help others strengthen specific knowledge/skill areas.
  • Communication, Oral - Ability to communicate effectively with others using the spoken word.
  • Communication, Written - Ability to communicate in writing clearly and concisely.
  • Competitiveness - Willingness to strive to get ahead or to finish projects.
  • Conceptual Thinking - Ability to think in terms of abstract ideas.

  • Consensus Building - Ability to bring about group solidarity to achieve a goal.
  • Creative - Ability to think in such a way as to produce a new concept or idea.
  • Customer Oriented - Ability to take care of the customers’ needs while following company procedures.
  • Decision Making - Ability to make critical decisions while following company procedures.
  • Deductive Reasoning - Ability to apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to a wide range of intellectual and practical problems.
  • Delegating Responsibility - Ability to allocate authority and/or task responsibility to appropriate people.
  • Detail Oriented - Ability to pay attention to the minute details of a project or task.
  • Diversity Oriented - Ability to work effectively with people regardless of their age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, or job type.
  • Empathetic - Ability to appreciate and be sensitive to the feelings of others.
  • Energetic - Ability to work at a sustained pace and produce quality work.


  • Friendly - Ability to exhibit a cheerful demeanor toward others.
  • Goal Oriented - Ability to focus on a goal and obtain a pre-determined result.
  • 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.
  • Innovative - Ability to look beyond the standard solutions.
  • Interpersonal - Ability to get along well with a variety of personalities and individuals.
  • Judgment - The ability to formulate a sound decision using the available information.


  • Loyal - The trait of feeling a duty to the employer.


  • Motivation - Ability to inspire oneself and others to reach a goal and/or perform to the best of their ability.


  • Organized - Possessing the trait of being organized or following a systematic method of performing a task.


  • Patience - Ability to act calmly under stress and strain, and of not being hasty or impetuous.


  • Persistence - Ability to complete tasks or continue in a course of action in spite of opposition or discouragement.


  • Problem Solving - Ability to find a solution for or to deal proactively with work-related problems.


  • Relationship Building - Ability to effectively build relationships with customers and co-workers.
  • Reliability - The trait of being dependable and trustworthy.


  • Responsible - Ability to be held accountable or answerable for one’s conduct.


  • 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.


  • Self Confident - The trait of being comfortable in making decisions for oneself.


  • Tactful - Ability to show consideration for and maintain good relations with others.


  • Tenacious - Ability to hold steadfast and complete a goal.


  • Time Management - Ability to utilize the available time to organize and complete work within given deadlines.


  • Tolerance - Ability to work successfully with a variety of people without making judgments.


  • Working Under Pressure - Ability to complete assigned tasks under stressful situations.


  • Ability to maintain positive work atmosphere by communicating effectively with clients, management, peers, and subordinates.
  • Ability to read a limited number of two- and three-syllable words and to recognize similarities and differences between words and between series of numbers. Ability to print and speak simple sentences.


  • Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out detailed but uninvolved written or oral instructions. Ability to deal with problems involving a few concrete variables in standardized situations.


Physical Demands:







10 lbs or Less




11 – 20 lbs




21 – 50 lbs


Reaching Outward


51 – 100 lbs


Reaching Above Shoulder


Over 100 lbs








12 lbs or Less


Squat or Kneel


13 – 25 lbs




26 – 40 lbs


Working at the computer


41 – 100 lbs



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)

Other Physical Requirements

Vision (Near, Distance)

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

Sense of Touch

Sense of Smell

Sense of Taste

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


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.


Other: (Includes licenses, certificates, age, etc.)

  • 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)
  • English and Spanish skills preferred (Bilingual)
  • Wine knowledge preferred
  • Must be able to lift and carry heavy objects of 36 pounds (1 case of wine)


Other Preferred Job Qualifications:

Posted: July 05, 2023