Winemaker for Urban Winery
City & Country Urban Winery Ltd
Calgary, AB

WINEMAKER NEEDED FOR NEW URBAN WINERY

We’d love for you to join us in the Fourth most liveable city in the world, Calgary! (Source: 'The Economist 2018 Global Liveability Index'). Here’s why:

  • First Urban Winery in Alberta
  • New purpose designed facility - which you get input on!
  • Don’t be tied to terrior. We’ll Import grapes from the Okanagan, Niagara, California, Australia, South Africa etc.
  • Thriving food & beverage scene - Calgary is home to over 50 craft breweries and distilleries
  • The beautiful rocky mountains & countless ski resorts from just an hour away
  • Over 330 sun filled days!

We are a leader in modern winemaking methods utilising minimal intervention techniques. All of our handmade wines are free from added colours, flavours or sugars, they are vegan & gluten free. Just wine. Nothing Else.

We are looking for a motivated Winemaker - Employment commences in February 2020.

Job description

City & Country Winery is looking for a highly motivated, well experienced and enthusiastic hands - on individual that is excited about working in our revolutionary urban winery in Calgary - a first for Alberta. This individual must be able to assist in all aspects of our start-up organization, including developing & leading winemaking membership classes and tastings with guests, whenever required. The Winemaker is responsible for the overall leadership, management, direction and coordination of all strategic planning and execution as it relates to all winemaking and winery operations. The winemaker will be working closely with the owner and team to ensure success of the start-up winery while producing excellent wines. The ideal winemaker would have considerable knowledge about winery operations, including starting a winery as well as various non-traditional fermentation processes, Working knowledge of winery set-up & operations is required. The Winemaker will ensure that wine quality is exceptional and constantly improving, Annual initial production will be approx 1250 cases.

Please include your resume and three references with contact information, all in PDF format. Employment commences ASAP.

Only candidates selected will be contacted. This position will be open until a suitable candidate has been hired.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Duties
  • Responsible for winery development & equipment acquisitions
  • Responsible for ensuring City & Country Winery’s business plan goals for wine quantities and qualities are met.
  • Responsible for hiring, training and managing other winery staff, as required.
  • Responsible for developing annual and long term operational budgets, and ensuring they are adhered to.
  • Responsible for all winery record keeping & monthly winemaking reports
  • Responsible for wine quality.
  • Ensure production plans and quality parameters are met in terms of bottling, blending and other cellar operations. Ensures smooth daily operation
  • Maintain cellar equipment and train on safe procedures and practices
  • Maintain cleanliness of the cellars and equipment
  • Ensure proper cleaning and sterilization
  • Monitor winery essentials
  • Be able to perform basic lab analysis
  • Monitor wines and take action to address wine quality
  • Monitor fermentation of wine
  • Maintain the Health and Safety Program
  • Ensure tasting guests are delighted with their experience * Bottling Operations
  • Maintain and operate the lines
  • Ensure proper cleaning and sterilization
  • Ensure proper filtration to supply product to the lines
  • Maintain quality controls from wine quality to packaging
  • Manage staff on the lines to ensure efficient use of resources * Staff Supervision
  • Work with the owner and general manager to schedule and delegate responsibilities effectively
  • Liaison between all staff regarding concerns and issues
  • Train staff on Health and Safety
  • Assist with staff development and performance management procedures * Other
  • Participate in company promotional events and activities, both on and off site.
  • Support all other areas of the business
  • Work special events and manage teams
  • Participate in Winemaker Dinners.
  • Meet with and entertain wine media, wine writers, key industry personnel, VIP’s and other important winery guests.
  • Represent City & Country Winery at on- and off-site events and trade shows
  • Contribute to written marketing material through blog posts, wine technical sheets, wine club letters, tasting notes, etc.
  • Other duties as required &/or assigned

Media/PR:

  • Participate in company promotional events and activities, both on and off site.
  • Participate in Winemaker Dinners.
  • Meet with and entertain wine media, wine writers, key industry personnel, VIP’s and other important winery guests.
  • Represent City & Country Winery at on- and off-site events and trade shows
  • Contribute to written marketing material through blog posts, wine technical sheets, wine club letters, tasting notes, etc.
  • Other duties as required &/or assigned

PROFESSIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • 5 or more years of winemaking, vineyard and people management experience with increasing responsibility for decision making.
  • College degree, preferably a BS in Enology/Fermentation Science &/or Viticulture.
  • Luxury, boutique production winemaking experience with demonstrated results.
  • Enthusiasm, a sense of humor, self-starter attitude, flexibility & a positive outlook.
  • Commitment to excellence, high standards and successful execution of ideas.
  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • Persistent organizational & time management skills
  • Able to work in a dynamic & customer focused team environment
  • Able to adhere to tight deadlines or similar demands with accuracy
  • Ability to identify and solve problems
  • Able to communicate well with supervisors and others
  • Strong adherence to safety and operational procedures
  • Full drivers license and clean driving record
  • Willing and able to work extended hours, any day of the week
  • Must be a Canadian Citizen - or- have residency status
  • 5 years full winemaking experience
  • Forklift experience
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word & Excel
  • Remuneration commensurate with experience: starting at $45,000/yr
  • Must meet physical demands including; standing for long periods of time; navigating stairs; working in various weather conditions; lifting up to 30kg; working at heights; working in small spaces

Please include your resume and three references with contact information, all in PDF format. Only candidates selected will be contacted. This position will be open until a suitable candidate has been hired.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $45,000.00 to $60,000.00 /year

Experience:

  • full winemaking: 3 years (Preferred)

Education:

  • Bachelor's Degree (Preferred)