Wine Chemist

Req ID: 6406 

Department: Winemaking 

Status: Reg F-T Non-Exempt, Nonexempt  

Location: Lodi, California (US-CA)  

Workplace Location:  

Job Summary:

To perform analysis of wine and grape components

Essential Functions:

The following reflects management’s definition of essential functions for this job but does not restrict the tasks that may be assigned.  Management may assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time due to reasonable accommodation or other reasons.

  • Sample and perform pH, TA, brix, and nutritional analysis on grape juice and fermenting juice
  • Sample and perform various analyses on bottled wine and wines in storage
  • Operate, maintain and troubleshoot equipment such as gas chromatography, CO2 analyzer, alcolyzer, spectrophotometer, autotitrator, chemistry analyzer
  • Operate, maintain and troubleshoot more advanced lab equipment such as GCMS, HPLC and ICP
  • Participate in method research, development and validation
  • Participate in training and leadership of laboratory staff
  • Perform benchtop trials as directed by winemaking
  • Review and assist with scheduling of lab analysis based on winemaking work orders
  • Chemical preparation (acids, bases, buffers, reference standards)
  • Generate, update and review laboratory work instructions and other documentation
  • Familiarity and compliance with ISO Quality System, including ISO Food Safety & Quality Policy
  • Food Safety Responsibility: Report problems with the food safety system to supervisor
  • Work efficiently and proficiently in all aspects of the laboratory


  • Education: Bachelor’s degree in the sciences; Enology courses, familiarity with winemaking a plus
  • Years of Experience: Three or more years in similar position in a lab environment
  • Knowledge of wine processing and standard lab practices
  • Ability to take direction, communicate effectively and work well with a team
  • Excellent observation, attention to detail and analytical skills
  • Lab related computer skills (Excel, Word, WiPS and LIMS)
  • Flexibility to respond to frequently changing production demands and deadlines
  • Valid California Driver’s license and clean DMV report

Working Conditions:

  • Moderate physical work with some outdoor exposure
  • Extensive walking and lifting of up to 55 pounds
  • Work site may be any one of Trinchero Family Estates’ facilities
  • Working various shifts including early morning, swing, and graveyard
  • Long and irregular hours during peak periods
  • Standing for long periods of time (8 hours per day)
  • Comply with all PPE requirements including lab coat, footwear, ear plugs and safety glasses
  • Exposure to various chemicals, forklifts, machinery and moving parts in lab and production areas

Salary Range: $28.80 -  $35.20  

The starting pay will be based on several factors, including but not limited to experience, training, education, and geographic location. TFE offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, life insurance coverage, disability benefits, PTO, wellness programs and fertility and family building benefits.   We also provide a 401(k) plan where TFE may make a discretionary profit-sharing contribution.


Trinchero Family Estates provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Trinchero Family Estates complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Nearest Major Market: Stockton

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