Assistant Winemaker
Merry Cellars Winery
Pullman, WA

Closing Date:

February 22, 2021

Job Address:

1300 NE Henley Ct.
Pullman, WA 99163

Job Description:

Assistant Winemaker
Merry Cellars Winery
Pullman, WA

This full time position is responsible for overseeing the day to day organization and execution of winemaking activities for our 5,000-case winery. The position requires a mixture of managerial, laboratory, customer service and communications skills. Compensation is DOE.


– Supervising day to day production operations including harvest, barrel management, bottling, equipment preparation and sanitation as well as organization of the production and barrel room.
– Assist with grape receiving, processing, crushing, pressing and assorted operations during harvest.
– Participate in wine tasting and blending trials throughout all stages of the winemaking process while responsible for working with the lead winemaker to evaluate and recommend proper treatments as needed.
– Responsible for training, supervising, and mentoring all harvest interns and any other help in the production room during harvest and/or bottling.
– Provide ongoing instruction, education and support as assigned to interns.
– Work with the lead winemaker to curate blends and ensure wines are developing desirable characteristics.
– Contribute ideas and provide support to the lead winemaker and production staff.
– Run educational tastings and tours of the facility as when needed.
– Assist in the continuous improvement of winemaking procedures.
– Assist in data management, keeping track of daily tasks and record keeping.
– Be available for weekend and evening winery events that require interaction with customers.
– Occasional shifts in the tasting room.
– Responsible for outside sales locally (Pullman, Moscow, Lewiston, Clarkston, Spokane).

Desired Skills & Experience

– Pursuing or completed a degree in Viticulture, Enology, Wine Business Management, Chemistry or a related field.
– Experience in a winery and understand the winemaking process.
– Strong organizational, teambuilding and problem solving skills with attention to detail and the ability to prioritize multiple tasks.
– Excellent time management.
– Lift and carry up to 50 pounds, work on and around ladders, uneven flooring, in hot, cold and wet environments.
– Available to work a varied schedule during harvest season as needed.
– Positive attitude.
– Fast learner.
– Experience in OrderPort point of sale software, Vintrace winery management software, Adobe Creative Suite.
– Tasting room / hospitality / customer service experience.
– Experience running social media, specifically Instagram & Facebook.
– Forklift certified.
– Some kitchen / foodservice experience.
– Wet chemistry experience.