California Harvest Winemaking Intern Experience


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Company: Sugarloaf Crush

Type:Fixed Term

Uploaded: 21 February 2023

Closes: 21 May 2023

Sugarloaf Crush is a premier, small-lot custom crush service winery, located in California’s Sonoma County.  We provide a state-of-the art winemaking facility and a dedicated staff to support our world-renowned consulting or owner winemakers in crafting their ultra-premium 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 who are passionate about wine and dedicated to making wines of exceptional quality to join us in the role of Harvest Intern for the 2023 harvest. This is a very comprehensive internship and a rare opportunity to be in close company with multiple winemakers, 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 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 while under the direction of clients and supervision by Sugarloaf staff. 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 Interns to be considerate, cooperative crew members and contribute to the overall positive energy of our team. Interns receive extensive training in winemaking techniques and safety practices. The team at Sugarloaf pride themselves in promoting a safe working environment and providing an excellent harvest learning experience.


  • 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 or or Australian E-3 visa)
  • Harvest interns are responsible for securing their own housing and transportation


Hourly wage: $21USD with paid overtime, based on California law.


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