California Harvest Winemaking Intern Experience


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Company: Sugarloaf Crush

Type:Fixed Term

Uploaded: 29 April 2022

Closes: 29 June 2022

Sugarloaf Crush is an ultra-premium service winery, located in California’s Sonoma County, specializing in custom crush winemaking services. We provide a state-of-the art winemaking facility where our world-renowned consulting or owner winemakers craft their wines.

We process 35 different grape varietals, from the classical to not-so-classical varieties, representing 48 different American Viticultural Areas. Our clients contract some of the most sought-after fruit sources in California, including Pinot noir from eclectic vineyards in the Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast as well as Cabernet Sauvignon from the world-famous Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard in Napa Valley.

We invite enthusiastic individuals passionate about wine and dedicated to making wines of exceptional quality, to join us in the role of Harvest Intern for the 2022 harvest. This is a very comprehensive internship and a rare opportunity to work hands-on with a wide variety of small-lot wines and be exposed to a myriad of different winemaking techniques.

Sugarloaf Harvest Interns work directly alongside extraordinary winemakers and closely with seasoned Sugarloaf staff, assisting with all aspects of the winemaking processes. We assign Harvest Interns to specific clients and give Harvest Interns full responsibility for dedicated fermentations, from crush pad to barrel, under the direction of clients and supervision by Sugarloaf staff. The team at Sugarloaf pride themselves in promoting safe working practices and an excellent harvest experience. At Sugarloaf, you will see it all!

General Description

The Sugarloaf harvest internship begins in early-August and concludes around mid-December, depending on Mother Nature. We start with Pinot noir and then end with a steady pace of our later season Cabernets, with the fun varieties in between. The right candidates need to be energetic and highly-motivated, with outstanding attention to detail and willingness to go the extra mile for our clients. We expect the Harvest Intern to be cooperative team members and contribute to the overall positive energy of our work environment. Interns receive extensive training in winemaking techniques and safety practices.


  • Degree or coursework in winemaking/fermentation sciences is a plus
  • Preference for candidates with previous harvest experience, especially forklift experience
  • Must commit to working full-time, plus extended harvest hours through our harvest season
  • Must be organized with acute attention to detail
  • Ability to communicate effectively in English
  • Ability to multitask and work in a fast-paced environment, safely
  • Ability to work flexible and extended hours on short notice
  • Must be at least 21 years of age and have legal United States work eligibility

Work Environment Requirements:

  • Ability to work in confined spaces and high places, and climb ladders
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time
  • Ability to lift and carry 50 pounds repeatedly
  • Work with chemicals that require protective equipment (goggles, gloves, etc.)
  • Ability to sit, stand, and walk on uneven surfaces for extended periods of time
  • Perform work duties inside and outdoors

Additional requirements:

  • International applicants will have to obtain a work visa (J-1 VISA through, Expint.or, or E-3 Australia)
  • Harvest interns are responsible for securing their own housing and transportation


Hourly wage with paid overtime, based on California law.

Application: Please send your resume directly to Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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