Thursday, May 2, 2019

WineTalent Classifieds: Production Winemaker with Long Meadow Ranch

WineTalent is working with Long Meadow Ranch on a Production Winemaker role.

About LMR: Long Meadow Ranch is a family-owned winery and farm producing grapes and wine, olives and olive oil, grass-fed beef and lamb, fruits, vegetables, honey and eggs in the Napa Valley, Anderson Valley and Marin County. The many-faceted operation includes the 650-acre LMR Mayacamas Estate home ranch located in the Mayacamas Mountains above Rutherford and the 90-acre LMR Rutherford Estate, located on the Rutherford Bench, and, in Mendocino County, the 145-acre LMR Anderson Valley Estate. The Long Meadow Ranch operations also include an acclaimed farm-to-table restaurant, a general store and wine tasting bar in the historic Logan-Ives House, an outdoor cafe, a farmer's market, working garden and a variety of unique event spaces all located at Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch.

About the Opportunity: Long Meadow Ranch is recruiting for a Winemaker to manage the Farmstead and Hunt & Harvest winemaking programs. Additionally, the Winemaker will be responsible for the management of bottling preparation and bottling wine-making activity for all Long Meadow Ranch wines (stabilization, filtration and bottling) and be responsible for wine quality control during wine bottling. This role will involve managing wine production at a custom crush facility and supporting winery operations at LMR winery facilities. The Winemaker will report to the Director of Production Operations and also assist the VP of Winemaking, other LMR Winemakers, Cellar masters and cellar crew during times of peak demand including harvest and bottling.

Oversee winemaking with accountability for product style, quality and integrity for multiple brands, including Farmstead and Hunt & Harvest brands
Manage bottling preparation winemaking activities across multiple programs and estates including stabilization, filtration and through bottling
Execute wine quality control program during bottling activities
Plan and schedule activities in areas of responsibility including writing all work-orders and tracking their completion 
Interact with custom crush personnel in a professional manner
Carry out cellar duties at LMR winery facilities, as needed 
Contribute to wine growing meetings and discussions
Participate in production tastings
Support production team activities with administrative tasks, as needed

Education, Experience and Requirements
Bachelor’s degree in Enology and Viticulture, Fermentation, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Process Engineering, Food Science or related
At least 3 years of winemaking experience (such as in an Enologist, Assistant Winemaker or Winemaker role)
Experience with Vintrace, Excel, Word as well as cloud based productivity tools such as Google Suite
Proven experience across a range of white and red winemaking styles 
Developed wine tasting palate
Experience supervising work at a custom crush facility 
Cellar capable including racking, barrel management and sanitation
Strong attention to detail and eagerness to learn
Ability to lift 75+ lbs
Valid California Driver’s License and maintain a safe driving record
A pre-employment background check and physical test

Compensation and Benefits
This is a full-time, salaried position. 
Competitive compensation depending on experience plus benefits including medical/dental insurance, paid vacation and 401(k).

About WineTalent: WineTalent is a wine industry focused recruitment company. We have worked closely with LMR on winemaking opportunities for over 7 years. All inquiries will be kept strictly confidential.

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