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Viticulture-Enology Internship, Abacela, Roseburg, Oregon

Time frame- June 15th – November 15th ,  2018 (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.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Soil moisture reading downloads, entered in computer and discussed with vineyard manager
  • Leaf Water Potential (Pressure bomb) data entered in computer and discussed with vineyard manager
  • Assist with vineyard scouting, monitoring and data collection
  • Cluster counts, weights and crop load estimates
  • Harvest sampling computer data input and analysis
  • Harvest crew support to include picking, delivery of fruit to on premise winery, machine application and removal of bird netting
  • Other duties may be assigned

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Viticulture majors preferred but please note this in an integrated viticulture/winemaking internship
  • Must be able to work mid-June to mid-November
  • Tractor driving experience is good and experience operating large equipment a bonus
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and clean DMV record
  • Must be a team player, have a strong work ethic, and skills in spoken and written English
  • Students whose primary language is not English must have at least conversational English
  • Must be able to work long hours, up to 6 days a week, in different kinds of weather, etc

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

  • Ability to listen, follow directions and carry out the project accurately to completion
  • Ability to walk distances, including steep hillsides
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds
  • Non smoker

Stipend is $2000/month. Housing is not provided. Assistance provided to international students to locate housing.

Please contact Earl Jones at earl@abacela.com