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Winemaker Research Assistant

Location: Modesto, CA, US

Date: Jan 15, 2022

Company: E. & J. Gallo

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The Winemaker Research Assistant supports activities of the research winemaking process. Makes wine in support of research projects according to standard procedures and to the specific needs of the project.

What You Will Do:

  • Responsible for the production of research-scale wine in support of research projects.
  • Manages wine process operations to ensure wines are made to specifications including, but not limited to temperature, TA, pH, Brix, and VA.
  • Manages the general operation of the Research Winery, including coordination of the arrival of raw materials and the delegation of work to the staff.
  • Participates in certain aspects of the wine grapes: grape assessment, harvest, and analysis.
  • Participates in management of grape receiving and wine production operations during harvest, as assigned.
  • Manages wine quality at a fundamental level.
  • Conducts Fining Trials and manages certain winemaking and wine processing trials.
  • Manages bench tasting of wines produced in the Research Winery as part of making chemical adjustments and final bottling approval, along with Viticulture Research team.
  • Participates in berry sensory analysis and harvest decisions for special projects.
  • Maintains and sorts winemaking data for approved research projects.
  • Conducts analysis and interpretation of experimental results.
  • Collects, collates, and documents all data collected during the winemaking and packaging processes, including chemical and sensory analyses using standard documentation and information systems.
  • Supports all Winegrowing Research and Winemaking projects that require research-scale wines.
  • Ensures wine is made according to proper procedures and processes for both harvest and off-season experiments.
  • Manages winemaking processes including chemical adjustments, racks and pressing, and prepares wines for filtration and packaging.
  • Identifies, documents, and communicates improvement opportunities in the Research Winery.
  • Ensures the organization and efficient processing of cold room materials.
  • Mentors harvest interns and lab technicians.
  • Trains harvest interns in winemaking processes and safety procedures.

What You Will Need:

  • Bachelor's degree in Fermentation Science, Enology & Viticulture, Food Science, Biological Sciences, Microbiology, Chemistry, or Chemical Engineering plus 2 years of fermentation science, enology or viticulture experience reflecting increasing levels of responsibility; OR High school diploma or State-issued equivalency certificate plus 6 years fermentation science, enology or viticulture experience reflecting increasing levels of responsibility.

What Will Set You Apart:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Fermentation Science or Enology & Viticulture plus 4 years of fermentation science, enology or viticulture experience reflecting increasing levels of responsibility.

Gallo does not sponsor for employment based visas for this position now or in the future.

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Requisition ID: 85966 



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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