Cellar Operator

Req ID: 285 

Department: Winemaking 

Status: Full Time, Non-Exempt 

Location: Saint Helena, California (US-CA) 

Job Summary:


Assist with or accurately perform any routine winemaking tasks as delegated by and in accordance with the verbal or written direction of the Winemaking management staff.


Essential Functions:


The following reflects management’s definition of essential functions for this job but does not restrict the tasks that may be assigned.  Management may assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time due to reasonable accommodation or other reasons.


  • Operate winery process equipment/machinery at a highly proficient and consistent level
  • Complete cellar sanitation and maintenance
  • Complete and be certified in bottling line sanitation and operating procedures
  • Accurately perform and be certified in the transfer, racking or blending of wines and juices
  • Accurately perform and be certified in the filtration of wines and juices
  • Accurately perform and be certified in the crushing, pressing, and processing of grapes
  • Clean and/or sterilize tanks, hoses, pumps, and other related winemaking equipment
  • Barrel related activities: moving barrels, filling, emptying, topping, additions
  • Accurately perform and be certified in the treatment of wines and juices with fining agents and/or cellar chemicals as directed
  • Help to maintain general cleanliness and good sanitation in wine processing and bottling areas
  • Accurately perform and be certified in the preparation of cellar chemicals and fining agents
  • Help clean and maintain wood barrels and tanks
  • Use forklift to move equipment and chemicals/fining agents as needed
  • Review and sign off cellar staff work order set ups and additions
  • Assist in training and certifying staff in cellar procedures
  • Operators must be able to lead by example and show initiative when working and assisting others
  • Operators need to be able to effectively communicate within the cellar staff and with other winery departments such as lab, winemaking, bottling, EH&S, and maintenance
  • Operators need to be able to observe and report equipment and safety issues and violations to cellar management
  • Responsible for understanding the Food Safety and Quality Management System and related activities, including the Food Safety & Quality Policy
  • Food Safety Responsibility: Report problems with the food safety management system to supervisor



  • Education: High School Diploma required
  • Experience: Minimum 6 years full time cellar experience or equivalent
  • Basic computer skills (Microsoft Word / Excel) and to write reports
  • Valid California driver’s license and ability to maintain a clean DMV record
  • Good observation and communication skills (written and verbal) essential
  • Attention to detail and ability to follow through with assignments and projects
  • Ability to accurately carry out written and verbal instructions
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to work as a "team player"
  • Ability to respond to frequently changing production pressures
  • Ability to work in a safe, efficient and cooperative manner
  • Ability to perform regular strenuous physical work
  • Ability to operate all winery process machinery in an efficient, safe and sanitary manner 
  • Experience with crossflow, pressure leaf, lees filtration, flotation, barrels, crushing & pressing equipment, forklift operation
  • Ability to lead temporary employees during crush
 Working Conditions:
  • Moderate to heavy physical work
  • Work site may be any one of Trinchero Family Estates’ facilities
  • Standing for long periods of time (8 hours per day)
  • Must comply with all safety procedures and equipment requirements including respirator, ear plugs and safety glasses
  • Exposure to various chemicals in production areas
  • Exposure to machinery, forklifts and related production equipment
  • Long and irregular hours during peak periods or on various shifts
  • Extensive walking and lifting of up to 55 pounds

Trinchero Family Estates provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Trinchero Family Estates complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Trinchero Family Estates
Full time
Saint Helena, California 94574, US