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Winemaker - Joel Gott

Req ID: 630 

Department: Winemaking 

Status: Full Time, Exempt 

Location: Saint Helena, California (US-CA) 

Job Summary:

Directs, coordinates, and manages all aspects of wine making and production to ensure effective and profitable operation and growth

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.

  • Develops and implements operational plans and protocols for all winemaking facilities.  Ensures protocols are being followed by viewing in person or through your staff.
  • Formulates and executes plans for all custom crush operations, bulk wine / barrel storage, short term and long term
  • Managing the logistics of tanks for grape receiving, the movement of large volumes of wine, and the overall tank plan of where all wine will be stored/blended.
  • Reviews and executes contracts and PO’s for bulk wine and custom crush.
  • Establishes controls for operation efficiency within the team and all the facilities including preparation of protocols and procedures
  • Directs all winemaking activities including but not limited to fermentation, wine blends, storage, stabilization, and bottling
  • Ability to look at the big picture, plan and organize execution of large blends in the cellar
  • Organizing tasting schedule and participating in tasting with wine team.  Making the final directive decision and coordinating with cellar to implement all blends.
  • Develops new brands/blends in line with marketing/sales demand.  Sources new bulk wine for these projects.
  • Directs cellar, harvest, laboratory, and bottling activities to ensure conformance to standard operating procedures and other related winemaking practices 
  • Directs technical and research programs including but not limited to product development and product quality programs in conjunction appropriate management
  • Develops, implements, and manages short and long term projects to improve cost margins and quality in the winery
  • Prepares short and long term production plans, grape and bulk wine inventory requirements, annual distribution programs, annual operating budgets, and annual production/inventory plans
  • Makes some picking decisions and field monitoring
  • Ensures correct data management is happening for compliance and tracking purposes in winery.  This may include buying new software or developing new tracking techniques
  • Develops, manages, and maintains overall bulk wine budget
  • Hires, trains, supervises, motivates, and develops wine making staff; manages schedules and workflow.  Develops long-term strategy for labor and hiring.
  • Updates and maintains current and new staff job descriptions.  Understand job market data.
  • Assigns duties and monitors quality of work; assures staff conforms to organizational policies and procedures and government regulations
  • Provides day-to-day guidance and oversight of subordinates; actively works to promote and recognize performance
  • Keeps up to date on overall activities of the team, identifying problem areas and taking corrective actions


Other Functions:

  • Responsible for understanding the Food Safety and Quality Management System and related activities, including the ISO Food Safety & Quality Policy
  • Responsible for understanding Quality Management System related activities, including the quality policy and ISO awareness. Responsible for communicating and ensuring employees understand Quality Management System related activities, including the quality policy and quality objectives.
  • Represents winery at wine-related functions as needed
  • Assists with strategic planning and public relations content/plan
  • Performs other duties as assigned by management


  • Education:  Bachelor’s degree (B.S.) or equivalent
  • Experience:  Six to eight years of winemaking and related experience.  Prefer minimum two years supervisory experience.
  • Thorough understanding of vineyard management practices and their effect on wine
  • Charismatic and willing to be a spokesperson for the JGW
  • Demonstrated proficiency in supervising and motivating subordinates
  • Commitment to excellence and high standards
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Basic competence in subordinates’ duties and tasks
  • Strong organizational, problem-solving, and analytical skills; able to manage priorities and workflow
  • Versatility, flexibility, and a willingness to work within constantly changing priorities with enthusiasm
  • Acute attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of various teams and
  • committees             
  • Proficient on MS Office Suite
  • Proven leadership and business acumen skills
  • Proven ability to handle multiple projects and meet deadlines
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to deal effectively with a diversity of individuals at all organizational
  • levels
  • Good judgment with the ability to make timely and sound decisions
  • Creative, flexible, and innovative team player
  • Demonstrated ability to make successful presentations to individuals and/or groups at all levels of an organization
  • Working knowledge of data collection, data analysis, evaluation, and scientific method
  • Spanish language skills a plus

Working Conditions:

  • Moderate to heavy physical work
  • Work site may be any one of Trinchero Family Estates’ facilities
  • Standing for long periods of time (8 hours per day)
  • Must comply with all safety equipment requirements including ear plugs and safety glasses
  • Exposure to various chemicals in production areas
  • Exposure to machinery, forklifts and related production equipment
  • Long and irregular hours during peak periods or on various shifts
  • Extensive walking and lifting of up to 40 pounds

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: Napa

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