Enology Internship, Abacela, Roseburg, OR

Time frame- September 1st –November 15th, 2018 (2.5 months)

Abacela is a 76 acre Oregon estate winery (www.abacela.com) that pioneered the production of Tempranillo and Albariño as varietal wines in America. Our estate’s Fault Line Vineyards with its many mesoclimes and soil types has been dubbed “The most interesting vineyard property in Oregon” by others.  This setting has permitted us to carefully match old world grapes not previously grown in the region to different microclimate-soil sites in our vineyards. These achievements have contributed greatly to Abacela’s leadership in production of alternative varieties that are now widely grown and produced by others across the Pacific Northwest.

We specialize in grapes and wine styles indigenous to the Iberian Peninsula.  The vines are managed sustainably with limited inputs and are hand harvested. Our vineyard season starts in mid winter with pruning, followed by bud break in spring, and throughout the summer the vines are nurtured and managed until harvest in September and October. This internship is an opportunity learn and experience the science and art of grape growing in a family owned and operated gravity flow winery that grows and harvests about 200 plus tons of fifteen different interesting grape varieties for the production of 12,000 cases (144,000, 750 ml bottles) of wine annually.


Enology interns will assist with vineyard monitoring, harvest sampling including cluster counts, weights and in-house laboratory testing to measure Brix, pH and total acid and input the data to a computer.

Interns will also be involved in processing of harvested fruit which includes the use of various types of equipment such as forklift, sorting table, escalator, and destemmer/crusher and presses (both basket and membrane) plus the  tasting of fermenting wines, punch downs, pump-overs, yeast inoculations, acid and nutrient additions, etc under the supervision of the winemaker and/or his assistant. All fruit is processed and moved about the crush pad, cold-soaking and fermentation room in small batches (one ton units). Whites are pressed in a membrane press and reds in a basket press.


The successful applicant will;

  1. Be both knowledgeable and passionate about wine.
  2. Have a growth mindset and open to learn from experience.
  3. Must be a team player, have a strong work ethic, and skills in spoken and written English.
  4. Students whose primary language is not English must at least conversational English.
  5. Have the ability to listen, follow directions and carry out projects to their finish.
  6. Have a valid driver’s license and clean DMV record.
  7. Be capable of working long hours under crush conditions and demands.
  8. Tractor/forklift truck experience is a plus.


  • Ability to walk distances, including steep hillsides
  • Be able to lift at least 50 pounds

Non smoker

Stipend is $2000/month. Housing not provided. International students will be provided assistance in finding housing.

Please contact Earl Jones at earl@abacela.com