Hiring

If these job descriptions & requirements sounds like a match, and you’re ready for a fun and Social wine experience, please send your resume and cover letter to events@byington.com! (Great Tips, Commission, and Employee Discounts!) Options to work at one or both locations.

– Tasting Room Leader, Byington (weekends)
– Tasting Room Associate, Byington (weekends primarily)
– Tasting Room Sales Associate, Los Altos Tasting Room (part-time)
– Seasonal Harvest Intern, Byington

Tasting Room Leader, Byington (Weekends)

The opportunity…

Our Tasting Room needs Your Leadership! Byington Vineyard & Winery is a stunning venue open to the public on weekends for picnics, events, and tastings of our award-winning wines! We are looking for a passionate wine enthusiast with strong leadership skills to manage our Tasting Room (TR), drive sales, keep the place looking great and running smoothly, and of course: to deliver an outstanding wine experience to our guests! You’ll be surrounded by the unparalleled beauty of our Winery & Vineyard in the Santa Cruz Mountains, you’ll work with a team of vibrant wine enthusiasts, you’ll serve and interact with countless wine loving guests, and you’ll taste and experience incredible wines!

What you’ll be doing…

Delivering a great all-around experience for our guests, while maintaining a positive work environment for our TR staff, ensuring compliance with our policies, and generating/driving business & sales. You’ll achieve this by:

  • Working closely with the Director of Sales to continue to sharpen and implement operations for a more efficient achievement of our TR Goals
  • Keeping up to date on procedures, sales tips, event updates, and other pertinent info
  • Driving Wine Sales: wine tastings, wine by the glass, wine by the bottle
  • Generating Wine Club Sign Ups
  • Managing & Training TR Staff
  • Ensuring compliance of federal and state laws and company policies and procedures
  • Keeping up-to-date tasting menus, signage, and promotional materials
  • Managing/Ordering Supplies
  • Supporting Events
  • Resolving guest concerns/complaints using good judgment, professionalism and courtesy
  • Managing TR Daily Operations
    • Opening/Closing Procedures
    • POS/Cash Handling
    • Cleanliness
    • Staff Breaks
    • etc.

Who we’re looking for…

Someone who:

  • Has Passion for wine
  • Has Strong Leadership & Responsibility
  • Has Attention to Detail
  • Is a People Person
  • Has Experience in customer service, hospitality, and/or tasting rooms (a plus)
  • Has Planning and Organizational skills
  • Has Judgment and Problem Resolution skills
  • Has Written and Oral communication skills
  • Is Tech Savvy (Google apps, POS, basic computer skills, internet navigation, etc.)
  • Is Available on Weekends
  • Can Stand for extended periods of time; lift and move 50 pounds, age 21 or older, valid driver’s license

Tasting Room Associate, Byington (Weekends Primarily)

We seek wine enthusiasts who love interacting with a wide-range of people and delight in providing a stellar customer experience. This part-time job is in our Tasting Room on Saturdays and Sundays. Associates work anywhere from 2 to 8 weekend days per month.

Required Traits

  • Passionate about wine with excellent wine knowledge and ability to learn/retain wine-related details
  • Customer service-focused with a desire to create a memorable guest experience
  • Warm and personable nature with professional appearance and demeanor
  • Commitment to excellence and high standards
  • Flexible and able to manage a variety of circumstances with grace and enthusiasm
  • Ability to speak effectively before groups for Wine Tours a plus
  • Love for our wines, property, and the unique experience we provide to our guests

Responsibilities

  • Build relationships with our customers
  • Make all guests feel welcome by greeting, assisting, thanking, seeing them out
  • Effectively suggest and sell wine to customers
  • Enroll and welcome guests into our wine club
  • Handle routine cash register transactions
  • Tidy up public areas throughout day to maintain first-rate guest experience
  • Willingness to learn/be responsible for opening and closing procedures
  • Perform other duties as assigned by Manager

Working Conditions

  • Weekend shifts
  • Moderate to heavy physical work (moving wine cases, tables and chairs, setting up for special events)
  • Standing for long periods of time (8 hours per day)
  • Carrying case(s) of wine to customer’s vehicle after purchase
  • Washing and buffing wine glasses to keep a clean work environment
  • Ability to lift at least 50 pounds (case of wine)
  • 21 years old and older

Tasting Room Sales Associate, Los Altos Tasting Room (Part-time)

Are you excited to create new customers, develop relationships with existing customers, and gain satisfaction generating sales via their own initiative. The candidate must be comfortable with proactively interacting and selling to customers, striking up an immediate wine-focused conversation (training provided).

OBJECTIVES

  • Sell wine bottles to customers based on their preferences
  • Sign up Wine Club and Wholesale Club Memberships by delighting customers with membership benefits
  • Expand sales with customers by developing authentic relationships – move beyond the transaction
  • Inform passersby and customers about our nearby winery and encouraging weekend visits
  • Offer tastings and wine by the glass and bottle with the above noted points in mind

Sales Associate is expected to

  • Proactively engage with passersby outside of store front, developing a quick rapport based on a wine-related conversation
  • Ask questions about prospective buyers’ wine preferences
  • Educate guests regarding our wines, vineyards, and brand history
  • Make wine recommendations based on customer’s interest
  • Offer tastings and wine by the glass, bottles, and light snacks with requisite preparation and cleanup
  • Follow up with customers by email and/or phone with tasting notes, new wines, and other info that may be of interest to generate sales
  • Open, close, and operate cash registers, POS system, and Wine Club system
  • Maintain Tasting Room, keeping it tidy, organized, and notifying manager of inventory needs
  • Handle Wine Club release pickups
  • May include other responsibilities

HOUSEKEEPING

  • Wipe down all surfaces used by guests before and after use
  • Clean and polish glassware
  • Swiffer bathroom floor (2 minutes) and clean toilet (1 minute) every few days
  • Sweep Tasting Room inside and outside as needed
  • Dust and swiffer-mop floor in spots as needed
  • Set up A-frame sign and other sales props and bring back in each day

REQUIREMENTS

  • Professional appearance and demeanor
  • Knowledgeable and gracious manner
  • Quickly become knowledgeable about our wines, winery, Wine Clubs, current promotions, etc.
  • 21 years of age or older
  • Ability to remain standing and actively working for 4-hour shift (no sitting)
  • No personal cell phone use
  • Must be able to legally work in the U.S.
  • Adhere to all safety and sanitary guidelines as set forth by Santa Clara County, State, and Federal agencies, including social distancing and face mask requirements in providing a safe workplace for you, other employees, vendors, and guests
  • Complete all job duties in a correct and timely manner and by following all company policies and procedures

HOURS

Currently, the Tasting Room is open 5 days per week from 2-6 pm or 2-7 pm. We currently have a need for a staff member for Thursdays. Could include a second day and can be a fill in for staff members when they are on vacation. For additional days, staff member could work at winery as well on Saturday and/or Sunday.

  • Option for working a 4-hour shift 1, 2, or 3 days per week
  • Periodically, we have additional staffing opportunities for more hours

COMPENSATION

Los Altos minimum wage of $15.65 per hour plus tips and other monetary incentives based on performance.

ABOUT

Los Altos Tasting Room is a satellite location of Byington Vineyard & Winery, located in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Learn more at http://www.losaltostastingroom.com and https://www.byington.com.

 

Seasonal Harvest Intern

We are seeking a Seasonal Harvest Intern to join our team for the 2021 Harvest. We work with estate fruit from soil to bottle. This position is a unique opportunity to get involved in every aspect of winemaking and to work with a great team. This position will be cellar-focused but will also encompass our vineyards.

The ideal candidate will have an enthusiastic, can-do attitude and take pride in their work, no matter how small the task. The candidate will have a strong interest in winemaking, a strong work ethic, and desire to be a part of the harvest family.

The Seasonal Cellar Worker will gain experience in many facets of the winery, but will mainly be responsible for safely executing the following:

•  Assist in receiving and processing fruit, sorting, pressing, etc.
•  Perform punch downs, pump-overs
•  Monitor fermentation Brix and temperature as needed
•  Racking juice, filling, topping, and stirring barrels
•  Removing pomace from tanks & presses
•  Safe operation of a forklift
•  Accurate record keeping
•  General cleaning and sanitization of winery and winery equipment
•  Additional assignments, as needed

Requirements:
•  US citizen or work visa required
•  Previous winery or harvest experience beneficial
•  Serious passion for wine and winemaking
•  A strong attention to detail, positive attitude, willingness to work hard and get dirty, and ability to work well with others is essential
•  Ability to perform the physical demands of cellar work and lift, including carrying 50 pounds, bending, stooping, and climbing ladders
•  Ability to work long hours/weekends and in various conditions
•  Valid Driver’s License required
•  Must be 21 years of age or older due to the nature of the work being performed