Enology Intern | Tagaris Winery | Richland, WA


Essential Functions:

  • Assist in daily tank and barrel rounds checking and recording brix and temperature
  • Assist in cellar activities including but not limited to: grape evaluation, pump overs, pomace shoveling, juice/wine additions, and cellar sanitation
  • Assist Enologist and/or Winemaker with sampling, and identifying wine experiments in tanks and barrels • Assist Winemaker in maintaining accurate computer records for all internal wine movement and inventories
  • Support the winemaking team with work order writing and data entry
  • Responsible for the timely and accurate analysis of grapes, must, and wine
  • Update, create, and maintain various Excel spreadsheets on a daily basis
  • Provide necessary assistance to winemaking and lab staff as needed
  • Participate in and track harvest experiments in accordance with winemaking staff directions
  • Set up tastings and trials for winemaking staff as needed
  • Complete all written and verbal assignments as directed
  • Understand and adhere to all safety policies and procedures
  • Successfully complete all safety training related to scissor lifts and confined spaces

Non-Essential Functions

  • Cellar tasks, vineyard inspections

Working Conditions

  • Day or night shift, up to 60 hours a week, varying temperatures, on a team or independent, often fast paced.

Physical Requirements

  • Ability to lift 50 pounds
  • Walk several miles a day over concrete floors
  • Ability to operate a scissor lift
  • Perform repetitive tasks
  • Frequently climb stairs and walk across elevated catwalks
  • Must be able to work extended hours (10 hour shifts 6 days per week) in hot and cold conditions
  • Must be able to walk across wet concrete and step over hoses
  • Intermittent work outside in varying weather conditions


  • Minimum age requirement of 21 when working within winemaking
  • HS Diploma or GED Equivalent, current enrollment in, or possess a degree or certificate in enology, viticulture, or related field preferred
  • Must have a passion for wine, and desire to work in a motivated team environment
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and time management skills
  • Must possess strong organizational skills, work well independently with a high degree of accuracy and attention to detail
  • Familiar with Microsoft Office Suite, proficiency with Excel highly preferred
  • Must be able to read, write, speak, and understand English fluently
  • History of responsible use of alcohol and other appropriate conduct, as well as fitness to be licensed, permitted, and/or certified by state and/or local regulatory bodies.


Behaviors Required

  • Team Player-Works well as a member of the group
  • Detail Oriented-Capable of carrying out a given task with all details necessary to get the task done well

Motivations Required

  • Self starter-Inspired to perform without outside help
  • Goal Completion-Inspired to perform well by the completion of tasks

Education Preferred

  • Some college or better


Nikki Strock
Executive Assistant
Office of the President
(509) 628-1619