We’re Hiring 2023 Harvest Interns!
Join the Flâneur Wines Winemaking team for our 2023 vintage!
Flâneur Wines is a small producer in the heart of the Willamette Valley (Carlton, Oregon) with 40 acres of estate vineyards that are organically dry farmed in house. We have consciously technical and spontaneously whimsical approach to winemaking focusing on producing premium still and sparkling wines cultivated with uninoculated fermentations…(see full job description below)
As a Harvest Intern, you’ll have the opportunity to learn from celebrated Willamette Valley Winemaker, Grant Coulter and Assistant Winemaker Anthony Sereni. You’ll have a hand crafting estate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, as well as Traditional Method Sparkling, Pinot Meunier, Grüner Veltliner, Gamay and Aligoté; all sourced from our Chehalem Mountains and Ribbon Ridge estate vineyards.
The job is seasonal, August – November. Full-time is appreciated but there may be opportunity for part-time work. Some experience in winemaking is helpful but not required.
We aim to provide some fun and education alongside crafting some of the best wines of the Chehalem Mountains, and Ribbon Ridge AVA’s. We’re made up of a small but highly experienced team of winemakers and grape growers who enjoy the work of winemaking, and love to share their knowledge and passion for food and wine. Our interns are an integral part of the harvest team and their energy and personality will leave an indelible imprint on the vintage and wines.
Interns will be helping out with fruit sampling in the vineyard, bottling, organizing, sorting, moving heavy things around, cleaning, cleaning again, sanitizing, smelling, lab work, and all other things production related. Some harvest, winemaking and/or forklift experience is a definite plus but not essential. Motivation, enthusiasm, and communication are essential! There will be some long hours, wet conditions, and lifting of heavy objects (40+lbs). We can be flexible on start dates and pay depending on experience but are hoping to have interns begin in early August. We’ll be providing lunch and snacks while fruit is coming in, and dinner if/when we have later evenings. We anticipate harvest to go into October, possibly into November.
If you are interested in joining our team please submit your cover letter, relevant experience, and a little about yourself.
EMAIL [email protected]
More about our Winemakers: You’ll have the chance to work under celebrated Willamette Valley Winemaker, Grant Coulter and Assistant Winemaker, Anthony Sereni. Prior to joining the team in 2016, Grant spent nine years as the award-winning Winemaker for Beaux Frères Winery where he developed a large following and crafted the #3 Wine in the World in Wine Spectator’s 2016 Top 100. Anthony joined the Flâneur team at the start of 2022 after his tenure running the Archery Summit cellar in the Dundee Hills.
If you are interested in joining our team please submit your cover letter, relevant experience and a little about yourself.
Email [email protected]
Farming: The Power of Nature
We chose the rolling hills of the Willamette Valley of Oregon for a reason. The climate and environment of the region are unique, with daily fluctuations in temperatures and rainfall. One year is wet and cold, the next is dry and warm. We celebrate the eccentricities and unpredictability of nature, and want our wines to reflect this remarkable terroir. While each vintage retains underlying similarities, we let each year’s grapes speak for themselves.
Because we respect the natural power of the land, we farm organically and sustainably to grow grapes that are delicious and that celebrate the environment. Our vineyards are dry-farmed, meaning there’s no irrigation. Flâneur vines have to work hard to reach for water, building character and strength—for more intense flavor and aroma.
Cultivating a robust crop of grapes takes time and care. Our in-house vineyard management team is on the grounds every day, dynamically and diligently tending each vine. When the time comes, we harvest each cluster by hand, because, like everything at Flâneur Wines, a personal touch makes all the difference.
Winemaking: The Beauty of Flavor
We don’t believe in recipes or repetition. Just like each harvest shows different characteristics, every vintage tells its own story. Our winemaker is both consciously technical and spontaneously whimsical.
Upon bringing our hand-picked grapes to the winery, we carefully assess and sample each bin of fruit as they as they are put on the sorting line. From there, each batch takes a different path. Some wines are comprised of grapes solely from our Flanerie Vineyard, with it’s spicy, more savory tones. While other wines hail from the higher elevation of our La Belle Promenade Vineyard with its distinct florals and plush textures. Still some use a combination of grapes from both estate vineyards, showcasing how the two soil types come together in perfect harmony.
The type of grape, ratio of stem to fruit, fermentation length, barrel type—every consideration is decided with complete enjoyment in mind. Our winemaker constantly observes the wines, gently guiding them to evoke unique flavor profiles that exude the characteristics of our terroir and the vintage from which they were harvested.
The result is a collection of vintages that give drinkers an experience where every sip is unique and each glass tells a story.