Freixenet USA

Harvest Production Intern

Job Locations US-NY-White Plains
Req No.
Winemaking / Production / Vineyard
Intern (Full Time)


At Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards, the Carneros' most award-winning winery and part of the Freixenet Mionetto Group, we specialize in sparkling wines as well as Pinot Noir and Chardonnay estate varietal wines.  We offer challenge and growth in rapidly changing business and agricultural environments. Exceptional individuals who possess a strong work ethic and deep commitment to quality will find a unique internship experience. 


The Harvest Enologist Interns will work directly with the Associate Winemaker and the Winemaker and have frequent contact with the Vineyard Manager.  Duties and tasks will include vineyard sampling, lab analysis, and fermentation monitoring.


Start Date:    July 21st (depending on weather)


Finish Date:   End of September, exact timing based on season


Hours:           Up to 72 hours/week, generally in 10-12 hour shifts, 6 days/week during harvest.  Post harvest, 40 hours/week.


Wages:          TBD


Other:          The intern is responsible for his/her own transportation and housing.  Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards is

approximately 50 miles from San Francisco and 10 miles from downtown Sonoma.  Working temperatures vary from the high 90's to low 40's, depending on the shift and the weather. Post harvest responsibilities will be primarily lab work.



  • Vineyard sampling is a daily routine where the intern goes to the various vineyards to sample for ripeness.  This gives the intern a chance to work with the Vineyard Manager to understand where our grapes come from and how they mature.
  • Laboratory work involves all common analyses used with grape samples, juices and wines, including titratable acidity, pH, sugar content, VA, SO2, fermentation monitoring, etc.  Lab work may take up to 6 hours of each workday.  Self-motivation and organizational skills are important.
  • Cellar work will be part of the intern's activities, including common operations such as sanitation, pump overs, barrel work, tank additions and inoculations.
  • Crush work includes assisting in the loading, operation and sanitation of the presses, crusher and picking bins.


Interns are included in all routine tasting of juices and wines, and are encouraged to learn about the sensory aspects of making sparkling wine as well as production.



  • Other duties as assigned



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.   Employee must be a team player and ability to think with a safety, sustainability and quality mind-set.  



  • Fluent in English and Spanish would be helpful.
  • Microsoft Office Experience would be helpful
  • Must have taken college level chemistry and an accompanying lab.
  • Must be 21 years of Age
  • Comfortable working around heavy machinery and laboratory environments


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, talk and hear.  The employee frequently is required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms. 


  • Must be able to work outdoors in extremes of heat/humidity/cold and other inclement weather conditions
  • Must be able to walk on uneven ground
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds
  • Must be able to see clearly enough to a) drive safely b) recognize employees
  • Must be able to work long hours and weekends when required
  • Must be able to sustain the repeated use of hands as well as long periods of standing, sitting, walking and bending

Gloria Ferrer is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.




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