Cline Family Cellars is a family-owned and operated certified sustainable winery rooted in Sonoma, California. Built on a passion for winemaking and committed stewards of the land, Cline is known for producing highly lauded noble varietals, Zinfandels, and Rhone-style wines sourced from our vineyards in Sonoma-Carneros, Petaluma Gap and Oakley.

The Viticulturist provides strategic and technical expertise to the vineyard and winemaking teams to ensure production of high-quality grapes from throughout our Sonoma and California Vineyards.

  • Provide Strategic and Technical direction in the redevelopment of Cline owned and managed vineyards.
  • Develop and manage capital and production budgets.
  • Serve as vineyard liaison with Winemaking and Senior Management teams.
  • Monitor vine health in estate vineyards.
  • Create pest management, fertility and irrigation plans.
  • Track phenological development, and direct maturity sampling.
  • Collect and input data and manage viticultural database software.
  • Sample plant tissue, soil and irrigation water, etc. with required frequency.
  • Report pesticide use to Ag Commissioner’s Offices.
  • Audit quality and efficiency of farm labor contractors.
  • Collect data for use in crop estimation; bud analysis, shoot counts, cluster counts, cluster weights.
  • Develop yield targets, and track and communicate crop estimates.
  • Perform statistical and graphic analyses using Excel or other appropriate statistical software
  • Schedule harvesting and trucking.
  • Create and maintain maps of vineyards.
  • Create reports for use by Senior Management and/or Winemaking Team as needed.
  • Uphold CSWGA sustainable certifications and others as necessary.
  • Take-on various projects as needed to support Vineyard Manager and Director of Winemaking and Viticulture.
  • Represent company by supporting industry organizations, attending industry events and serving as an ambassador for various wine brands to consumers, distributors, etc.

Supervisory Responsibility:
  • Vineyard Manager
  • Role also involves coaching/mentoring for succession planning

Experience, Knowledge, and Skills
  • Language: Bilingual: English and Spanish.
  • Technology: Experience with or ability to learn and use: PAGO, Cal Ag Permits, Excel and technologically competent
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Viticulture & Enology or a related field from a 4-year college or university required.
  • Current, valid Driver’s License, insurable driving record.
  • Maintains personal Pesticide Operators License (PAC and/or QAL).

Physical Demands
  • Heavy physical activity performing regular strenuous activities, including standing, walking, climbing, reaching, carrying, pushing, pulling, squatting, and other motions.
  • Stability and balance adequate for navigating inclines, declines and uneven terrain. Requires lifting and moving some objects.
  • Manual dexterity sufficient to reach, grasp, hold, handle items, and work with the fingers, wrists, elbows, and shoulders. 
  • Clear vision (close and distant), peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to focus.
  • Hearing adequate for working safety around machinery, vehicles, and other equipment.
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs.
  • Ability to work in an environment that is outdoors exposed to changing weather conditions, such as cold, fog, rain, heat, dust, wind, sun, etc.
  • Outdoors exposed to changing weather conditions, such as cold, fog, rain, heat, dust, wind, sun, etc.

We offer a competitive salary, health and employment benefits.

Cline Cellars provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

This is a management position
This is a full time position

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