Assistant Winemaker

At Peju, we strive to make wines and provide experiences that our customers love and our Assistant Winemaker is integral in the creation of the high-quality wines we are known for. The Assistant Winemaker is an essential part of the winemaking team; developing and implementing quality and style goals to meet winemaking objectives. Under the direction of the VP of Winemaking, the Assistant Winemaker, organizes short/long-term planning, supervises overall cellar work, bottling, lab, harvest operations, and oversees/follows up on daily winemaking activities. The Assistant Winemaker will also represent Peju at events. Other duties as assigned.


  • Ensure the winemaking processes adhere to the style, quality standards and efficiency goals established by the VP of Winemaking in terms of bottling, lab analysis follow-up from daily wine work, blending and other cellar operations.
  • Ensure production deadlines and goals are met.
  • Manage the quality control oversight of both lab and cellar functions.
  • Establish and maintain daily work schedules, maintenance records and inventory of equipment.
  • Oversee equipment and line sanitation requirements; ensure proper operation and care of equipment.
  • Utilize all Lab analyses, micro and tasting results to implement work orders.
  • Direct lab to ensure timely results and accurate analysis from all equipment.
  • Ensure all wines sent to the bottling line are “bottle ready” fitting lab analysis, tasting and the quality standards expected of Peju wines.  
  • BS in fermentation science, viticulture and enology or related.
  • Minimum 3-5 years of wine industry experience.
  • Outstanding organizational, management, and communication skills.
  • Well-developed wine tasting skills.
  • Keen understanding of major aspects of winemaking, laboratory procedures, bottling and production workflow.
  • Advanced skills in Excel and Word.
  • Clear commitment to high quality and attention to detail.
  • Flexibility to work at multi-locations.
  • Ability to work harmoniously with coworkers.
  • Demonstrated ability to coordinate, help document workflow, and work with little supervision.
  • Mechanical ability desirable.
  • Effective communicator, both verbal and written.
  • Knowledge of Vintrace desirable.
  • Ability to lift 45 lbs. on an occasional basis.
  • Fluency in Spanish desirable.
  • Required availability for occasional overnight and/or weekend travel and/or functions.
  • Ability to work flexible days/hours/shifts.
  • Regular and predictable punctuality and attendance.
Salary Description
$80,000 to $85,000 annually