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Harvest Cellar Hand - (Intern Contract) - Inniskillin
Job Posting Category: Students/ New Graduates
Career Level: Student
Industry: Packaged Goods
Job Category: Manufacturing
Years Experience: 0 Years
Job Type: Contract
Contract Length: 0 - 6 months
Posting Date: March 06, 2023
Job Location:

Niagara, ON
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Job Description

As Canada’s original estate winery, we're an industrypioneer committed to the production of premium wines made fromquality grapes grown in Canada for over 40 years. With wineries inNiagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario and the Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, we're leading the way with our full collection of world renowned, award-winning VQA table wines and Icewines crafted by progressive, artisanal winemakers. We are currently recruiting Cellar Intern/Lab Intern (6 positions)

Start date: Beginning of September 2023 thru to November 2023


  • Crushing and Receiving grapes- we average 1200 tons a year. You will see medium scale grape receiving and processing, running the crusher/de-stemmer and receiving hopper.
  • Additions- will be a huge task, you will gain experience with multiple types of additions for juice, must, ferments and possibly finished wines.
  • Inoculations- You will be ask to aid in or complete inoculations with proper training and guidance from our staff.
  • Pump overs /pulse air – We maintain a daily cap management sheet, we use a pulse air system for that majority of our reds, manual pump over, automatic punchdown tanks, rotating fermenters and manual punchdowns in bins.
  • Cleaning – Cleaning is a huge part of making great wine!! We strive to keep everything as clean as possible always. You will be trained in cleaning various sized tanks, totes, bins, crushing equipment, barrels, and floors.
  • Barrel work – You could be involved in barrel maintenance, sulphur, cleaning, rehydrating, filling and storing of red/white barrels. We still manage quite a large barrel room. Could be involved in receiving/ preparing new barrels for production.
  • Daily fermentation checks - you will be involved in checking tank temps, barrel ferment checks, red fermenters and bins and reporting to the winemaking team any issues and concerns.
  • Questions- We encourage anyone to ask questions, you will be working alongside some experienced people, we want you to gain something out of it. No question is too silly, we will always answer.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Highly motivated to work hard, enthusiastic and passionate about wine
  • Good communication skills and ability to work with a team
  • Willing to learn basic winemaking techniques and procedures
  • Need to be punctual, organized, willing to go above and beyond
  • Driver’s license, and own transportation required
  • Any lab skills are an asset
  • Fluent in English, 2nd language is an asset.
  • Forklift license an asset

Other Considerations:

Some competitive advantages of this winery or important details to note

  • We have a few pieces of newer wine technology student will get to see and possibly trained on.
  • Large 8 membrane crossflow filter
  • Juclas ceramic disk lees filter 10m2 unit

Compensation Information: (this can be contingent on applicant’s experience)

  • Harvest schedule – we run a split shift during the harvest, Days and Afternoons, shifts will be 8-10 hours depending on work load that day. We do pay overtime after 44 hours
  • Harvest pay will depend on experience the cellars, we are willing to train but all candidates from Niagara college should have a general understanding of equipment and cellar procedures from volunteering in the teaching winery.

We are committed to establishing a qualified workforce that reflects the diverse population it serves and we encourage applications from all qualified individuals. We are also committed to preventing and removing barriers to employment for people with disabilities, and we invite you to inform us should you have any accessibility or accommodation needs.


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