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Winemakers are viticulture experts who handle the entire winemaking process to craft their own wine. Duties of a Winemaker include managing the harvesting process, crushing grapes, monitoring the fermentation process, transferring the wine to barrels for aging, collaborating with laboratory technicians, and determining when to bottle the finished product. A well-written resume sample for Winemaker should mention skills such as knowledge of winemaking processes, organization, sensory evaluation of the wine abilities, knowledge of grape varietals, and precision. Successful resumes in the field make display of a degree in viticulture or enology.

1

Senior Winemaker/operations Manager

Managed cellar, bottling, administration, and maintenance staff in a mid-sized premium winery producing Burgundy, Bordeaux, and Rhone varieties of all types.

  • Produced gold medal winning, best-in-class Pinot Noir (SF Chronicle Wine Competition) by manipulating grapevine clone, yeast variety fermentation protocol, and barrel selections.
  • Increased bottling efficiency from 48% to 72% by selection of right staffing and improved labeling process.
  • Reduced yeast holds from 46% to 10% by overhaul of entire sanitation matrix.
  • Managed bulk wine production contracts and production with several different customers with 100% repeat customer satisfaction.
  • Managed ISO certification procedure to enable winery to produce product for Safeway.
Candidate Info
34
years in
workforce
3
years
at this job
BS
Physiology
MS
Physiological Biochemistry
2

Assistant Winemaker

Accountable for the White Zinfandel and Rose wine programs across two fermentation sites. Increased scope of responsibility to oversee finishing and bottling process of value and popular tier wine blends through bottling and finished goods deployment

  • Delivered 40+ MM gallons of wine, on style and on time to internal/external customers
  • Improved blend cycle time 33% on 11 blends by utilizing lean manufacturing principles
  • Introduced Summer Rose wine blend capitalizing $1MM dollar savings on duty tax per year
  • Reduced blend complexity on White Zinfandel by 10% by increasing color/flavor extraction by 30%
Candidate Info
3
years in
workforce
3
years
at this job
BS
Business Administration And Entrepreneurship
3

Winemaker

Winemaking/Strategic Operations

  • Fashioned quality vintage wines, blended nonvintage proprietary wines, and salvaged 40,000 gallons of unsaleable wines as part of the successful turn-around effort for the winery.
  • Developed strategy and directed production of five new vintages to increase sales and reimage the company for future success
  • Received critical acclaim for three of my 2010 vintage wines, earning 30 medals in 2014 and early 2015
  • Conducted rehabilitation and maintenance efforts of the vineyard and winemaking facility to ensure continued production and high quality standards
  • Identified major electrical problems that plagued winery since 1999 and assisted the owner in creating a plan to ensure stable power
  • Developed a new equipment maintenance program to repair and renovate to ensure the ability to accomplish the winery's goals
Candidate Info
7
years in
workforce
5
years
at this job
BS
Fermentation Science
4

Assistant Winemaker

Responsible for writing and implementing all work orders in a timely and orderly manner, ordering cellar and bottling supplies negotiating with vendors, preventative maintenance and line efficiency. Managed and planned daily, weekly and yearly operations, and training for all production departments including; harvest laboratory, cellar, bottling, maintenance and shipping and receiving. Held position of interim Winemaker for eight months ensuring.

  • Grew production from 35,000 to 63,000 cases in a ten-year period, decreasing the bottom line, per case, by reducing material cost such as inert gas, finning, filtering, and bottling products, while maintaining the same number of cellar employees, without diminishing wine quality.
  • Saved $120,000 in glass cost by finding the same quality product in the domestic market.
  • Reduce barrel cost by 20% by using creative winemaking techniques on new and existing barrels.
  • Developed and managed an efficient cellar protocol from grape growing, harvesting, fermenting, barrel aging and bottling.
  • Implemented first cross flow filtration system to improve labor hours, wine quality and waste.
  • Successfully started and pioneered the co-fermentation practice of Pinot Gris grapes with Pinot noir grapes. (1999) Acknowledge by Maria Paz Diago Santamaria, and Roger Boulton, in UC Davis thesis, for my efforts in pioneering co-fermentation with two different cultivars.
  • Pioneered the production of commercial wine made exclusively from Dijon clones in California. (1996)
  • Implement time saving processes in wine racking, barrel work, cleaning of equipment
  • Implement new fining techniques in winemaking practices
  • Developed and mentored new employees and interns maximizing their current and future potential
Candidate Info
20
years in
workforce
9
years
at this job
AS
Winemaking, And Grape Propagation
5

Vice President of Production & Winemaker

  • Spearheaded winemaking, blending and bottling for three programs, Guenoc California, Guenoc Lake County and Langtry Estate, totaling 140k+ cases annually. Produced Petite Sirah, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon Chardonnay, Merlot and Zinfandel for the full-scale winery.
  • Led, trained and coached eight to 10 winemaking, laboratory, bottling and maintenance staff, ensuring workplace safety.
  • Oversaw grower relations including purchase, delivery and quality control for bulk wine. Worked closely with the vineyard management company to rebuild the vineyard.
  • Assembled and implemented the production plan. Procured bottling materials and packaging.
  • Generated winery profitability through a yearlong turnaround effort by: redirecting the program; enhancing the winemaking technique, lowering costs; and carefully estimating production needs, reducing inventory.
  • Serving as the brand ambassador, hosted winemaker dinners and made out of state marketing trips.
Candidate Info
10
years in
workforce
1
year
at this job
BS
Enology
6

Winemaker

Analyzed production capacity and quality based on crop estimates and fruit chemistry

  • Supervised wine production procedures
  • Monitored wine quality throughout aging period and instituted necessary procedures
  • Inspected, supervised, and performed all aspects of worksite preparation, safety, and hygiene
  • Researched, sourced, and purchased winemaking equipment from numerous vendors
  • Performed countless tastings, seminars, roundtables, and dinners, building the brand and establishing strong customer connections
  • Logged and tracked all relevant data with Microsoft Office Suite and proprietal
Candidate Info
16
years in
workforce
7
months
at this job
BA
Liberal Arts
7

Consultant Winemaker - Operations & Business Development Director

A self-employed company I founded to provide expertise to start-up winery owners in all aspects of business management with a focus on quality control protocols in production operations, brand management, business development, and sales strategies

  • Partner clients became highly recognized and award winning brands in the Arizona wine market through mentoring owners as winemakers, while instituting best practice production and quality control protocols
  • Directed the launch of 4 signature lines and 1 secondary label by advising clients on marketing plans and go-to-market strategies for new and existing products/brands to effectively capture market share
  • Outfitted the production facilities and established the supply chain for 3 client wineries
  • Created technical and editorial articles for websites and print publications to increase distribution and ad sales from featured products; primary publishing client reported a 5% growth in distribution resulting in several new ad inquiries from local businesses
Candidate Info
16
years in
workforce
10
years
at this job
BS
Exercise Science
MS
Viticulture & Enology
MBA
Master of Business Administration
8

Winemaker

  • Conducted tests on various samples of wine to determine: pH, total acid, and brix.
  • Organized the crushing and pressing of fruits, the settling of juice and the fermentation of fruit material.
  • Directed the filtering of wine as well as monitored the quality and distribution of wine
  • Increased efficiency of wine production from 1200 bottles per week to 7200 bottles.
Candidate Info
5
years in
workforce
4
years
at this job
BS
Pharmaceutical Sciences
9

Head Winemaker

  • Responsible for wine production and quality control of 15 different brands. Earned more than 10 wine awards
  • Designed, produced and launched 5 new wine brands
  • Responsible for winery tours, wine dinners, off-site sales support
Candidate Info
21
years in
workforce
1
year
at this job
C
Food Science And Nutrition
Architecture
10

Winemaker

Winemaker

  • Supervised all vineyard operations for 16 varieties and 150 acres.
  • Created balanced wines for ulra-premium brand
  • Directed all cellar and lab operations.
  • Assisted marketing and tasting room departments with product development and events.
Candidate Info
7
years in
workforce
4
years
at this job
BA
Liberal Studies

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