Cellar Worker
Rutherford, California
Job Summary

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Job Description

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Job Title:  Cellar Worker

Date:  04/05/2021

FLSA Status:  Non-Exempt

Location:  Inglenook

Job Reports to: Assistant Winemaker



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


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. 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 fallp
  • Measure, weigh, additions and cleaning supplies.
  • Cleans floors with pressure washer
  • Operate pumps, hoses, barrel steamer and barrel washer, ozone machine.
  • Cleaning floors and drains, 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 40 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


  1. Harvest Duties: (20%)
  • Receive and weigh grapes
  • Transport bins of grapes using fork-lift
  • Sterilize pumps and hoses, crush equipment
  • Perform pump-overs 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.


Supervisory Responsibilities: None

Job Requirements:

Education/Experience: High school education or equivalent; or up to five 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.
  • Ambition - The drive to achieve personal advancement
  • Autonomy - Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Communication, Oral and Written - Ability to communicate effectively with others using the spoken and written word.
  • Creative - Ability to think in such a way as to produce a new concept or idea.
  • 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)

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


Stand – O, WalkO, 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, F

51 – 100 lbs, O

Over 100 lbs, N



12 lbs or Less, F

13-25 lbs, F

26-40 lbs, F

41-100 lbs, O


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


Safety Statement

All employees shall follow safe practices according to the Injury and Illness Prevention Policy (IIPP), render every possible aid to safe operations, and report all unsafe conditions or practices immediately to any management employee or Human Resources.




People Operations Signature: __________________________ Date: ______________

Supervisor Signature: __________________________ Date: ______________

Employee Signature: __________________________ Date: ______________


The above information is representative of the work performed in this position, however it is not all-inclusive.  The omission of a specific duty or responsibility does not exclude it from the position if the work is similar or related to the essential duties and responsibilities.

Posted: February 16, 2022