Full Time Head Winemaker


Additional Info

Street14678 West Bay Rd
RegionFinger Lakes
StateNew York
CountryUnited States
Zip/Postal Code13156


Colloca Estate Winery is located on a 103-acre estate on the shores of Little Sodus Bay, an inlet of the Great Lake Ontario.  The property is planted to over 30 acres of vines planted solely to vinifera grapes, namely Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, and Pinot Gris.  Approximately 30-50 tons of fruit are processed on premises and additional fruit is purchased from nearby vineyards that is also processed on site. Our wines have scored up to 95 points and won numerous awards in blinded competitions including Best of Class, and New York Winery of the Year, as testimony to our commitment to quality.  This remarkable property boasts 900 feet of unobstructed shoreline, making it a fast-growing destination for guests to visit the winery, tasting room, two seasonal restaurants, outdoor wine bar, and 10,000 sq. ft. event center where weddings and events occur.

The Winemaker position provides a position for the ideal candidate to continue producing the wines that have made us successful as well as the unique opportunity to develop finely crafted premium estate grown wines in a sustainable atmosphere.  Our location is in the northern most part of New York State’s famed Finger Lakes Region, although we are located outside the AVA and a proud member of the Lake Ontario Wine Trail.  We are only an hour drive to Syracuse (SYR) and Rochester (ROC), and four hours’ drive from Toronto (YYZ), and Five and a half hours drive to New York City (JFK), and Montreal (YUL).


  • BS. Degree or Equivalent
  • Specialization in Viticulture or Enology desired but not required
  • Minimum of 2 years winemaking experience, 3-5 years’ experience desired


  • Experience in winemaking with vinifera and hybrid vines
  • Strong work ethic, willing to work long hours during harvest and bottling
  • Experience with MS Office, Word, Excel, Powerpoint, etc.
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs overhead
  • Able to work with a small team in a supportive, nurturing, and positive atmosphere


  • Direct, oversee, manage, and participate in all aspects directly related to winemaking
    • Scheduling and managing vineyard management practices;
    • Planning production quantities;
    • Coordinating harvest dates with vineyard manager and general manager;
    • Coordinating harvest day operations in the winery;
    • Coordinating delivery/pick up of fruit from other growers;
    • Ordering winery supplies;
    • Testing, examination, maintenance, and procurement of winery equipment;
    • Barrel management – indexing, filling, cleaning;
    • Performing laboratory analysis on juice and wine samples;
    • Conducting all stages of wine production including fermentations, additives, and filtrations;
    • Creating blends for and coordinating tasting trials;
    • Coordinating bottling and labelling of wines;
    • Maintenance of proper documentation of all steps of the winemaking process;
  • Direct, oversee, manage, and participate in all aspects generally related to winemaking
    • Maintaining a safe, clean, and organized production area;
    • Keeping required state and federal records together with in house production records;
    • Remaining up to date on all compliance issues related to winemaking;
    • Obtaining TTB COLA approvals;
    • Maintenance of all winery equipment and systems (and working to become an on-site specialist for these systems;
  • Other duties include but are not limited to
    • Maintaining a strong relationship with the New York Wine and Grape Foundation, and the Cornell Cooperative Extension;
    • Provide expertise on new equipment purchases, winemaking best practices, and viticulture best practice measures;
    • Coordinate wines for competition entries;
    • Prepare samples for laboratory analysis at Cornell when required;
    • Travel to transport samples, visit grower locations, and other work related travel;
    • Act as a brand ambassador for Colloca Estate Winery;
    • Attend winemaker dinners and provide public speaking, and interact with guests;
    • Work with tasting room, sales, and event staff to assist in product knowledge;
    • Participation in social media promotions for the winery

To apply, please email resume and three references to: drc100@aol.com

More information about Colloca Estate Winery can be found on our website at www.colloca.com.

Colloca Estate Winery
14678 West Bay Rd
Sterling, NY 13156
Tasting Room. 315-947-2069
Lounge. 315-947-2032

September 6, 2022 10:20 am

2 days, 2 hours

Listing ID 92263160bd6a2926