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Harvest Skilled Winery Worker (Lakeport)

Location: Lakeport, CA
Company: Jackson Family Wines Collection
Employment type: Contract
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Kendall-Jackson – Lakeport Winery

Position Title: Seasonal Skilled Winery Worker

Position Summary:

We are looking for individuals to join us for our harvest season in our historic winery in Lakeport, California. This position is responsible for a variety of indoor and outdoor tasks in the cellar such as operating crush and press equipment, stacking barrels, operating a forklift, filling barrels and topping wine. This position is under the general direction of the Cellarmaster, Assistant Cellarmaster, Winemaker, and Cellar Foreperson.

Essential Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Following and observing all safe cellar practices
  • Perform equipment set-up duties
  • Cleaning, sanitizing and sterilizing all winery equipment and facilities
  • Wine and juice transfers, racking, blending, moving hoses and equipment
  • Chemical and nutrient additions to juice and wine
  • Complete understanding of barrel operations: filling, racking, topping
  • Forklift operation, moving barrels and case goods
  • Other duties as assigned by the Cellarmaster


Must be able to perform the work assigned with little or no supervision. Must be able to operate a hoist, crusher, press, centrifuge, chiller and filter. May take a lead role during harvest. Must be able to follow and communicate verbal and written safety and work instructions in English. This position requires good reading, writing and basic arithmetic skills. Must be able to work safely around equipment electrical outlets and procedures. The individual selected for this position must be reliable and possess a good work ethic. Must be flexible and able to work any shift and overtime as needed, especially during harvest.

A weekly harvest lunch will be provided.


This position requires continuous walking, climbing, kneeling, crouching, and crawling throughout the shift for cleaning, sanitizing and sterilizing all winery equipment and facilities. It requires the ability to reach with hands and arms, fine manipulation and to lift up to 50 pounds for Racking and pumping of juice and wine; moving hoses and equipment and to operate crush pad equipment. It occasionally include enclosed spaces, heights, and wearing a respirator to make chemical and nutrient additions to juice and wine and to obtain lab samples from tanks and barrels.

Candidate must successfully complete an application and post-offer pre-employment drug test.

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