Job Status: Filled

Assistant Winemaker (Wine Jobs: Vineyards & Cellars )

Full Time

  Itasca Wines

  Crondall, Hampshire, England


Itasca Wines is looking for a full time Assistant Winemaker to join its team. With a brand new 600T state of the art winery, fully equipped lab and high speed disgorging line we have a world class facility in a beautiful location. This senior role will involve working directly with the Head Winemaker and external clients to deliver outstanding results in a rapidly growing company.

The role

- Day to day management, supervision and training of the cellar team

- Responsibility for managing secondary production at the Penn Croft Winery including Disgorging, Bottling, Labelling, Packaging and Warehousing

- Assist the Head Winemaker in the production of both own label and contract client wines

- Impliment and maintain SOPs and a high standard of work is all operations  

- Maintenance and repair of winery equipment

-  Managing cellar operations including MLF starter cultures, tirage cultures, fruit receival/processing, ferments, blending stabilisation and filtration

About you

- Passion for making high quality wine

- Excellent attention to detail and strong communication skills

- Team player with the drive to take on tasks and hit the ground running

- Experience and a proven track record in the following areas;

  • Minimum 3 years full cycle winery operations
  • Managing secondary production in a medium to large winery including disgorging and bottling
  • Running a Cross Flow filter
  • Manging a harvest team, scheduling work flow and meeting production deadlines
  • Sensory analysis and blending skills
  • Using Vin Trace software

- Counter balance forklift license

- Tertiary qualification in Oenology or equivalent experience

- Ability to lift up to 25Kg

- Legal right to work in the UK

About Us

Itasca wines has a brand new winemaking facility on the Hampshire/Surrey border making wines under the Penn Croft brand and offering contract winemaking, lab and disgorging services. On our own site we practice Conservation Agriculture, one of only a handful of vineyards in Europe to work to these principles. We also believe we have built one of the most sustainable wineries in the world, with solar power and a full waste water wetlands all on site. You will be involved in the production of a range of quality focused wines including still and sparkling from vineyards stretching from Essex to Cornwall.

We pride ourselves on working together as a team with the successfull candidate joining a crew that includes the winemaker, lab manager and senior cellar hand. 

Closing date for applications 16th August. Please apply via the link below. 


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