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Willamette Valley Vineyards

Maison Bleue & Pambrun Winemaker

Maison Bleue (Walla Walla)
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Willamette Valley Vineyards

Founded in 1983 by Oregon native Jim Bernau with the dream of creating world-class Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley Vineyards has grown from a bold idea into one of the region's leading wineries, earning the title “One of America's Great Pinot Noir Producers” from Wine Enthusiast Magazine.

Position overview

Maison Bleue Winery and Pambrun Wines, boutique producers of premium Rhone and Bordeaux-based wines from the Walla Walla Valley and Rocks District of Milton-Freewater AVA, are seeking a Winemaker to join the team and lead all aspects of the winemaking, grape-growing and production processes. In addition, the Winemaker will assist in the project management and development a winemaking facility in the Rocks District of Milton-Freewater AVA, planned to start by 2021. Maison Bleue Winery and Pambrun Wines both have newly planted estate vineyards in the Rocks District of Milton-Freewater and in Sevein in the Walla Walla Valley. Both are managed by high quality vineyard management companies. Current combined production is around 3,000 cases of wines that retails from $40-$75. The wines are made at Artifex Custom Crush facility in Walla Walla, Washington. The wineries have exciting plans to grow prestige, sales and production in the future with the development of a guest experience destination and production facility. The ideal candidate will have proven experience in premium winemaking, viticultural practices and production management. They will be entrepreneurial and take ownership of their operation, be resourceful and have a positive attitude that manifests versatility, flexibility, and a willingness to work with a dynamic and fast-growing company. The Winemaker will be part of a team of winemaking, sales and marketing staff connected into the parent company, Willamette Valley Vineyards, and report into the Head Winemaker for operations and Winery Director for development. They will also be required to represent the winery by attending consumer and trade events, marketing and press events as the brand principal.

Primary Job Responsibilities/Essential Functions

•Oversee grape to bottle production to ensure the highest level of quality possible utilizing resources available. Develop and conduct vinification activities and techniques to produce the quality, quantity and style of wine consistent with the goals established for the brands. •Finish, blend, filter, and bottle wines in a timely manner. This includes the supervision of the acquisition of the bottling and packaging supplies, scheduling and monitoring of the bottling unit and coordination of wine to the bonded warehouse. •Provide basic documentation and information to be used for labels and marketing communications. •Lead regular sourced and estate vineyard visits and make recommendations to Vineyard Managers on farming practices to grow the fruit to the specifics dictated by vintage conditions and stylistic choices for the high-quality wines desired. Sample and coordinate picking decisions and transportation with Vineyard Managers. •Support vineyard planting planning efforts and project management support on the construction of the future winery and facilities. •Participate in business planning to include a proposed annual operating and capital production budget. •Create annual fruit plan based on production quantity requests to balance estate and contracted sourcing. •Maintain compliance with the company’s Purchase Order System and policy of obtaining the best price through competitive bidding. •Maintain a system of work orders through custom crush facility to drive organization, supply data to Accounting department for taxes, inventory and compliance. •Conduct all wine-making activities in strict compliance with all laws, rules and directives of legislative bodies and regulatory agencies. •Provide educational tastings for training of management, employees, VIPs and distributors. •Marketing and sales support in wine presentations to wine reviewers, media, trade, and consumer wine events for the on-going growth and success of the brands. •Supports Company’s effort to create a more sustainable and “green” environment to improve the company’s positive impact on the environment.

Preferred Qualifications

•A minimum of 5 years of experience in enology and viticulture, Bachelor’s degree in enology, fermentation science or related field preferred. Wine-making experience should reflect increasing levels of responsibility managing and representing premium/super premium production. •Budget creation and management experience. Must have: •A current Driver’s License and a clean/good driving record. •Highly-developed organizational and time management skills. •A high degree of accuracy and attention to detail. •Ability to use standard Microsoft Office Suite, Google services and department specific related software programs. Must be able to : •Stand for long periods of time and work in a fast-pace environment. •Prioritize and manage multiple projects simultaneously and follow through on issues in a timely manner. •Assist in leading a large capital development project in an organized way, lead a startup of a shared production facility. •Work independently and as part of a team, be self-motivated and self-sufficient. •Read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, and government regulations. •Write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. •Pass a background check