Director of Winemaking

The Wine Group, 17000 E. Highway 120, Ripon, California, United States of America Req #1610
Friday, January 20, 2023
At The Wine Group we are passionate about our people, our future and our wine. We are America’s second largest wine producer by volume with over 1,200 employees globally across 12 locations in California, New York and Australia. We are proud to be responsible for many of America’s most beloved wine brands, including Cupcake, Franzia, Chloe, Concannon, Benziger, Imagery, AVA Grace, 7 Deadly and more. We are dedicated to our culture built on values like entrepreneurialism, innovation, social responsibility and stewardship. To learn about us and our career opportunities, check us out at and then come join the exciting journey at The Wine Group.


The Director of Winemaking will report to the VP, Winemaking and is directly responsible for the development, management of quality, style and production volumes for all Value and Popular wines. Primary responsibility includes directing winemaking at our Ripon, Madera, and Westfield locations, including overseeing quality of imports from Chile, Australia, Argentina, South Africa, and other countries. The Director of Winemaking will be required to work in close communication with the Winemaking Leadership Team as well as Operational Team Leaders at each site. Other key areas of responsibility include support and facilitation among cross-functional teams, (including lab, QA/QC, cellar, bottling, grape and wine supply, vineyards, logistics, production planning, marketing, and sales); ensuring priorities and protocols are achieved, cost effectiveness, accuracy, and safety to all performance standards.


  • Responsible for directing Wine Program style, quality, and supply requirements for Popular and Value Wine Brands. This will include both still wine programs and formula wine programs.
  • Direct, lead, and develop Winemaking teams across multiple facilities to be best of the industry
  • Set Harvest protocols, wine specifications, and style statements per wine program to ensure quality and consistency are achieved. Including Custom processors and International Partners.
  • Lead efforts to develop, manage, and deliver annual winemaking budget in coordination with site management to maximize productivity, efficiency and management of costs while delivering quality. Actively participate in monthly Detailed Expenditure Reporting calls with Finance and Operations.
  • Partner with Operations team to achieve annual safety, budgetary, production and quality goals.
  • Develop, implement, and manage annual capital investment plan for winemaking projects in tandem with Operations team
  • Facilitate and maintain CSWA Certification requirements in tandem with Ops team.
  • Align with TWG Wine and Grape Supply team to establish good farming practices and picking decisions to enhance and improve grape quality. Coordinate and conduct annual Harvest operational plan to ensure efficient use of facilities.
  • Manage grape and wine supply for domestic and import/export wine inventory to cover bottling requirements. Attend monthly Vintage Transition Planning (VTP) meetings.
  • Responsible for approving bulk wine purchases and coordinating samples and volumes to sell on bulk market.
  • Work directly with marketing to develop styles for brand concepts. Create and maintain brand specifications to match marketing requirements for Brand positioning. Represent a brand if required.
  • Meet and greet customers, distributors and trade as required by marketing and sales teams.
  • Coordinate monthly Competitive Benchmark Tasting
  • Attend seminars and classes for continual education.
  • Key driver of all Safety policies and procedures for the Winemaking Department. Partner with site operational leadership to ensure consistency of safety programs across site. This includes overseeing safety audits, incident investigations, implementation of Company-wide safety policies and relevant safety training. Must lead by example.
  • This job description reflects management’s assignment of essential functions; it does not prescribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned.


  • Must have complete understanding of enological process from grapes through blending. Exposure to a variety of winemaking methodology, wine styles and winemaking processes.
  • Effectively participate on Team. Oversee and develop Winemaking team.
  • Speaks well in front of groups, trade, media, and business leaders. Represent brands and company well.
  • Excellent Organoleptic skills at all stages of the winemaking process.
  • Large winery experience. Understanding of Winery Operations.
  • Ability to lead a department and manage team to overall success.
  • Ability to set priorities and work independently within set guidelines. Good time management skills.
  • Self-starter. Must be able to openly communicate with other departments.
  • Ability to multitask, work independently and with a team in a fast-paced, high-volume environment with emphasis on accuracy and timeliness. Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills with attention to detail
  • Must embrace and demonstrate The Wine Group's Vision, Mission, and Values of: Long-Term Sustainable Value Creation, while being Relentlessly Entrepreneurial, with Empowered People who are Responsible and Trustworthy and keep them in mind when making all decisions.
  • This job description reflects management’s assignment of general functions; it does not restrict the tasks that may be assigned.


  • Must demonstrate leadership abilities. Proven track record of high integrity.
  • BS/BA in Enology/Viticulture, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Food Science, Microbiology, or equivalent education/work experience.
  • 15 years minimum from graduation, multi-site experience (minimum 2 sites including external). Large winery experience preferred.
  • Passionate about wine quality while understanding cost associated with processing to help make smart business decisions.
  • Adaptive and stable in changing environments.
  • Must get the big picture issues, without losing the eye for details.
  • Proven analytical thinker, complemented by subjectivity for proper decision making.
  • Proven resolution management skills.
  • Powerful oral and written communicator.
  • Keen listening skills.
  • Capable of managing multiple cross functional professionals.
  • Strong computer skills. Proficient in Excel.


  • Ability to work at heights up to 45 feet.
  • Possess the ability to work in a fast-paced environment under pressure.
  • Working environment is both indoors and outdoors, with exposure to related equipment and noise levels.
  • Ability to perform tasks requiring bending, stooping, standing, and twisting in a production environment.

At The Wine Group, we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and we are committed to an environment of mutual respect, diversity, and inclusion. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristic protected by law.



Other details

  • Job Family Winemaking
  • Job Function Operations
  • Pay Type Salary
  • Min Hiring Rate $154,400.00
  • Max Hiring Rate $231,500.00
Location on Google Maps
  • The Wine Group, 17000 E. Highway 120, Ripon, California, United States of America