Senior Winemaker

The Wine Group, 17000 E. Highway 120, Ripon, California, United States of America Req #501
Monday, March 15, 2021
At The Wine Group we are passionate about our people, our future and our wine. We are America’s second largest wine producer by volume with over 1,200 employees globally across 12 locations in California, New York and Australia. We are proud to be responsible for many of America’s most beloved wine brands, including Cupcake, Franzia, Chloe, Concannon, Benziger, Imagery, AVA Grace, 7 Deadly and more. We are dedicated to our culture built on values like entrepreneurialism, innovation, social responsibility and stewardship. To learn about us and our career opportunities, check us out at and then come join the exciting journey at The Wine Group. 


This lead role will be directly responsible for the day-to-day winemaking and maintenance of wine quality, as well as directing and training the Assistant Winemaker/Winemaker/Intern. Key areas of responsibility include support and facilitation between various production teams (including lab, winemaking, and cellar), ensuring priorities and protocols are achieved, cost effectiveness, accuracy, and safety to all performance standards. Ideal candidates will have 10+ years of winemaking experience, including multi-site responsibilities.


  • Directly responsible for varietal winemaking from grape to finished wine. Work with the winemaking team to develop yearly responsibility on varietal programs. Ensure wines are meeting target sensory and analytical quality requirements.
  • Provides leadership and directives during vintage (harvest oversight, grape intake, scheduling, and coordination of harvest). Ability to manage a winery team through the process.
  • Develop short- and long-term planning of finishing/blending wines in Ripon and other TWG facilities that will be used for bottling. Develops master blends for consistencies. Set priorities according to bottling demands.
  • Directly work with the Vineyard Team to assess vine health and grape quality. Develop strategies to help improve incoming grape quality. Aid in decision-making process as to when fruit should be picked.
  • Work directly with Production Planning and Operations to coordinate winemaking for shipping or bottling.
  • Work with the Operations Team on forecasting and ordering of winemaking supplies. Will have direct responsibility of the winemaking material annual budget. Work with finance on wine costing. Ensure blend makeups are updated annually to ensure proper costing associated with specific programs.
  • Key driver of all Safety policies and procedures for the site. This includes overseeing safety audits, incident investigations, implementation of Company-wide safety policies and relevant safety training. Must lead by example.
  • Must have complete understanding of enological process from grapes through blending. Exposure to a variety of winemaking methodology, wine styles and winemaking processes.
  • Effectively build a Team. Oversee and train Winemaker, Assistant Winemakers, Enologists, and Interns.
  • Speak well in front of groups. Represent brand or company well.
  • Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Excellent Organoleptic Skills at all stages of the winemaking process.
  • Excellent aptitude and knowledge of wines.
  • Large winery experience.
  • Ability to oversee a department and mange team to overall success.
  • Prepare weekly/monthly reports for Senior Director, Winemaking regarding, but not limited to, wine processing, customer feedback, blend approval process, and forecasted volumes
  • Attend seminars and classes for continual education.
  • Must embrace and demonstrate The Wine Group's Vision, Mission, and Values of Long-Term Sustainable Value Creation, while being Relentlessly Entrepreneurial, with Empowered People who are Responsible and Trustworthy and keep them in mind when making all decisions.
  • This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for their job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.


  • Must be 21 years or older at time of hire
  • Must demonstrate leadership abilities. Proven track record of high integrity
  • BS/BA in Enology/Viticulture, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Food Science, Microbiology, or equivalent education/work experience
  • 10 years minimum from graduation, multi-site experience (min 2 sites including external).
  • Passionate about wine quality while understanding cost associated with processing to help make smart business decisions
  • Good understanding of lab and wine processing equipment.
  • Comfortable in bargaining unit environments
  • Adaptive and stable in changing environments
  • Must get the big picture issues, without losing the eye for details
  • Proven analytical thinker, complemented by subjectivity for proper decision-making
  • Proven resolution management skills
  • Seasoned crisis management expertise
  • Powerful oral and written communicator
  • Keen listening skills
  • Capable of managing multiple cross-functional professionals
  • Strong computer skills
  • Must possess a strong understanding of ISO 9001-2000, HACCP, BRC, and IFS protocols
  • Prioritize while able to adapt to changing priorities
  • Demonstrated reliability and punctuality, work effectively in team/crew environment, adherence to all safety regulations and operating procedures.


  • Ability to work at heights up to 45 feet
  • Possess the ability to work in a fast-paced environment under pressure
  • Working environment is both indoors and outdoors, with exposure to related equipment and noise levels
  • Ability to perform tasks requiring bending, stooping, standing, and twisting in the production environment

At The Wine Group, we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and we are committed to an environment of mutual respect, diversity and inclusion. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristic protected by law.

Other details

  • Job Family Winemaking
  • Job Function Operations
  • Pay Type Salary
  • The Wine Group, 17000 E. Highway 120, Ripon, California, United States of America