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Winemaker - Central Valley

Location: Livingston, CA, US

Date: Mar 16, 2023

Company: E. & J. Gallo

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The Winemaker understands the entire Winemaking process, from grape to bottle, and has the ability to influence the quality and style of the final wine delivered to the consumer. Acts as a mentor and/or manager for more junior winemakers on the team. 

What You Will  Do:

  • Identifies aromas and flavors in wines and recommends treatments to improve wine quality through tasting of inventory at assigned location(s).
  • Participates in the wine tasting process and is responsible for the attainment of wine flavor profiles in order to meet marketing needs and style targets.
  • Addresses supply/demand issues to help ensure that the blends they are responsible for reach the targeted run out date and that the winery’s bulk inventory is balanced. Understands the big picture inventory view and the role their programs play in it.
  • Responsible for the cellar process management of grapes, juices, and wines including ingredient additions, racks, transfers, clarification, blends, shipping, and final preparation for bottling.
  • Responsible for building a harvest ingredient plan for programs managed that will ensure all final blends are on style and on cost.
  • Responsible for ensuring all blends are approved on time, style, and cost, and are ready to ship or bottle to minimize impact to finished goods inventory.
  • Responsible for making picking and streaming decisions in the vineyards for both their assigned programs and those of other team members.
  • Responsible for making decisions related to grape receiving, crushing, pressing, fermentation, solids management, and all harvest related ingredients. Understands how these decisions will impact the style and quality of wine being made.
  • Conducts fining trials, defect mitigation processes and general wine risk assessments.
  • Initiates and develops trials and experiments to help improve quality and efficiency in the winery.
  • Participates on cross-functional continuous improvement teams for winemaking, operations, and supply chain/planning processes and procedures.
  • Interfaces with other resources/departments of the organization in order to ensure successful (productive, high quality and profitable) completion of winemaking processes. Develops strong working relationships with these cross-functional partners.
  • Implements and manages winemaking process changes with guidance and supervision from Sr. Winemakers and Leadership team.
  • Maintains wines within internal “gold standard” specifications from grape to bottle.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • Develops, coaches and mentors peers, indirect and subordinate staff.
  • If accountable for the work of others, conducts performance evaluations; reviews and communicates salary adjustments; rewards employees or takes disciplinary action, as necessary; addresses complaints and resolves issues.

What You Will Need:

  • Bachelor's degree in Enology, Winemaking, Viticulture, Fermentation Science, Plant Science, Food Science, Biology, Chemistry, Microbiology, Biological Engineering or Chemical Engineering plus 5 years of Enology, Winemaking, Viticulture or Chemistry experience with increasing levels of responsibility OR Master’s degree in Enology, Winemaking, Viticulture, Fermentation Science, Plant Science, Food Science, Biology, Chemistry, Microbiology, Biological Engineering or Chemical Engineering plus 3 years of Enology, Winemaking, Viticulture or Chemistry experience with increasing levels of responsibility.
  • Candidates for this position must have a valid driver’s license and a safe driving record. Required to obtain a California driver’s license or appropriate state driver’s license within 30 days of hire.
  • Required to lift and move 35 pounds.
  • Vision necessary to judge wine and brandy color.
  • Skilled in the use of MS Word and Excel at a basic level.
  • Skilled in reading, analyzing and interpreting common scientific and technical journals, financial reports and legal documents.
  • Skilled in responding to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies or members of the business community.
  • Skilled in writing speeches and articles for publication that conform to prescribed style and format.
  • Skilled in effectively presenting information to top management, public groups and boards of directors.
  • Skilled in applying mathematical operations to such tasks as frequency distribution, determination of test reliability and validity, analysis of variance, correlation techniques, sampling theory and factor analysis.
  • Required to travel to company offices, sites, and/or meeting locations for onboarding, training, meetings, and events for development, department needs, and business delivery up to 5% of the time, with or without reasonable accommodation. This may be in addition to travel requirements, if applicable, as listed in this job description.


  • Hiring Salary Range Posted: $78,300 -$130,600
  • Actual compensation paid within the range will be determined by factors such as the education, experience, knowledge, skills and abilities of the applicant, internal equity, and alignment with market data.

Perks & Benefits:

  • This position includes a competitive benefits package.
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Recruiter:  Michelle ODell
Requisition ID: 101913 

Gallo is an Equal Employment opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, traits historically associated with race, including but not limited to, hair texture and protective hairstyles (such as braids, locks, and twists), color, national origin, ancestry, creed, religion, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition as defined by applicable state law (including cancer and predisposing genetic characteristics in California), genetic information, marital status, familial status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, sexual orientation (actual or perceived), transgender status, sex stereotyping, age, military or veteran status, domestic violence or sexual assault victim status, or any other basis protected by applicable law. 


We also consider qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with applicable federal, state and local law. Gallo is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for candidates with disabilities in our recruiting process.
If you need any assistance or accommodations due to a disability, please let us know at 209.341.7000.

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