Right now, vineyards and wineries across the United States are harvesting grapes and starting the fermenting process so that new vintages of wine can be created. Because there’s additional work in the fall, many wineries hire temporary workers. These seasonal winery jobs typically last from now until after the holidays, though it depends on the vineyard that hires you.
Here are a few things you need to know about seasonal winery work:
- You don’t have to be 21 years old to work in a winery. As long as you’re 18 (in most areas), you can serve wine, and some of the agriculture work is available for those who are even younger, as long as heavy machinery isn’t involved.
- A vineyard is a working farm, but not all seasonal winery work is agricultural-based. Temporary sales positions are also available in many cases, especially for wineries that participate in fall festivals. In November, many wineries hire even more people to deal with the Christmas rush, the same way malls and other locations offer seasonal retail jobs.
- You don’t have to like drinking wine to work at a winery, but you do need to know how to speak about it intelligently. If you’re new to wine, take some time to learn a little about the different grape and regional varieties, the terminology used to describe wine, and the way wine is made.
If you want a seasonal position with a winery, apply now. Jobs are limited and already starting to fill quickly as the fall harvest takes place!