Enologist / Production Assistant
Rutherford, California
Job Summary

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Job Description

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Job Title:  Enologist & Production Assistant

Date:  2/01/2023

FLSA Status:  Non-Exempt

Location:  Inglenook

Job Reports to: Production Supervisor



Job Summary: Responsible for supporting the winemaking staff and winemaking activities in the winery and in the lab to ensure wine quality aspects are met. The Enologist investigates and conducts trials that resolve issues and advance wine quality. In addition, the Enologist ensures that routine chemistry is conducted and reviewed in a timely fashion, then interprets results to make an action plan for the cellar.

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: 

  1. Performs & Reviews Analysis: (50%)
  • Preforms laboratory analyses within the accuracy parameters of the instruments and analysis.
  • Trains lab techs and interns on new analyses.
  • Assists in evaluation of new analytical methods for introduction to the lab or for instrument purchase.
  • Analyzes all red wines with a modified Harbertson-Adams assay.
  • Regularly reviews lab analyses of Inglenook wine inventory for anomalies or missing information. Works with Production Supervisor to schedule follow up analysis or broad-based analysis on barrel lots.
  • Creates and executes work plan with a direction from winemaking.
  • Ensures that bottling blend analysis matches bottled wine analysis. Captures details of bottling blends for reference on future blends or future vintages.
  • Enters all lab data into InnoVint.


  1. Winemaking Support: (10%)
  • Tastes wine inventory with Winemaking staff to build familiarity with wine style and wine quality issues.
  • Acts as a technical resource regarding treatments that would reduce wine quality issues or advance wine style.
  • Prepares blends or trials as agreed upon with Winemaking staff including tasting and cellar implementation of results.


  1. Special projects and harvest support: (15%)
  • Conducts special technical projects as needed in the winery to resolve quality assurance or wine quality issues.
  • Supports Winemaking staff at harvest time by assisting with tank additions, fermentation management, fining trials and special analyses. 
  • Uses InnoVint to check history of wine movements and analyses and is proficient in analysis data entry and correction.
  • Participates in continuing education programs when available, or technical forums, which enhance job performance and technical contribution to the winery.
  • Prepares clear work outlines for the Production Supervisor to use to implement desired wine work.
  • Assist in management of harvest winemaking intern.


  1. Cellar duties: (25%)
  • Sterilizes tanks, hoses, and pumps.
  • Operates pumps, hoses, barrel steamer and barrel washer, ozone machine.
  • Operates wine presses.
  • Inspects partial tanks, gases headspace.
  • Makes SO2 additions to wine in barrel or tank.
  • Observes all safety Procedures: Confined space, tank entry, harness safety, respiratory, slip and fall.
  • Measures wine additives and sanitizing supplies.
  • Cleans floors with pressure washer.
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.


Supervisory Responsibilities:


Job Requirements:


Minimum of 2-5 years related experience, preferably in a winery.
BS degree in Enology, Fermentation Science or equivalent preferred.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Analytical Skills - Ability to use thinking and reasoning to solve a problem.
  • Autonomy - Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Communication, Oral - Ability to communicate effectively with others using the spoken word.
  • Creative - Ability to think in such a way as to produce a new concept or idea.
  • Deductive Reasoning - Ability to apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to a wide range of intellectual and practical problems.
  • 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.

These below need to be added to bottom of list above or deleted



Works with minimal supervision given proper direction.
Strong wine chemistry and analytical skills.
Strong written and verbal communication skills.

Highly organized and able to follow through on projects.

Strong knowledge of technical resources available to the wine industry.



Working knowledge of MS Excel, Outlook and Word software applications.

Working knowledge of wine records database programs, such as InnoVint.

Knowledge of, or interest in learning Spanish is a plus.

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, Walk-O, Sit-F, Handling/Fingering-O, Reaching Outward-O, Reaching Above Shoulder-O, Climb-O, Crawl-O, Squat or Kneel-O, Bend-O, Working at the computer-O



10 lbs or Less, O

11 – 20 lbs, O

21 – 50 lbs, O

51 – 100 lbs, N

Over 100 lbs, N


12 lbs or Less, O

13 – 25 lbs, O

26 – 40 lbs, O

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: The work in this position occurs in an environment that can be wetor dry, cold, or warm, indoors, or outdoors.


Other: Valid driver’s license is needed to be able to drive company vehicles off the property.

Other Preferred Job Qualifications:



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 People Operations.




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 07, 2023