Are you passionate about developing people and exceptional wine? As Winemaker, you will support the Winemaking team by creating a short-term production plan designed to meet production, quality and sensory goals (picking decisions through the bottling processes). Functioning as a technical and creative resource in wine and winemaking decisions, representing the winery regarding technical subjects at public and trade events infuses even more passion. In collaboration with Operations functional departments (Finance, HR, Technical services and Grower Relations), your team will achieve quality, style and cost objectives that support the ongoing growth and success of Constellation Brands.
Produce & maintain quality of assigned blends & base wines
Manage short & long term demand of blends from juice to bottle
Assist for crush planning and production
Recommend and implement bottle age and release timing for wines
May determine quality standard and brand style objectives for some varietals within a brand
May assist in developing fruit sourcing strategy
Participate in blending
Assist with budget development by understanding COGS and factors driving them
Collaborate with peers at multiple facilities to ensure style and quality targets are met
Evaluate cellar and production for process improvement
Taste & evaluate wines and blends
Represent brand to trade & consumer
Thorough knowledge of local, state and federal government regulations, specifically TTB and state regulations on alcoholic beverage production, distribution and packaging
Support safety initiatives and enforce safety rules and regulations to build a culture of safety
BS in Food Science, Enology, (micro)Biology or Chemistry or similar degree
5-8 years’ experience in winemaking
1+ years supervisory / managerial experience preferred
Knowledge of winemaking techniques and best viticultural practices
Knowledge of Cellar, Lab, Bottling and Vineyard Operations
Basic understanding of COGS
Education or experience in viticulture
Advanced skills in MS Suite, specifically in Excel, Access, Word and PowerPoint
Exposure to other winemaking regions and different climatic conditions
Excellent communication and presentation skills
Travel Required: Up to 10% domestic/international
Must be at least 21 years of age. Must be able to sit and/or stand for long periods of time and work on a computer for extended periods.
Lifting may be required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Busy Office Environment
Works in warm/cold climates
Works in high places
Works on wet surfaces
Is exposed to loud noise, fumes and/or toxic chemicals
Works near moving, mechanical parts and lift truck traffic
Must be able to move up to 55 lbs.
Primary office environment may be production/cellar setting
Must have a valid driver's license and be able to drive a car and travel via plane/train as needed
Canandaigua, New York
Viticulture & Winemaking
Constellation Brands is committed to a continuing program of equal employment opportunity. All persons have equal employment opportunities with Constellation Brands, regardless of their sex, race, color, age, religion, creed, sexual orientation, national origin or citizenship, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition (cancer or genetic characteristics), marital status, gender (including gender identity or gender expression), familial status, military or veteran status, genetic information, pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, or related conditions (or any other group or category within the framework of the applicable discrimination laws and regulations).