Wine Educator + Events – Los Olivos and Goleta P/T (SAMsARA Wine Co.)
Do you LOVE hospitality? Are you seeking a positive environment that encourages new ideas, creativity and enthusiasm? If yes, we want to hear from you!
We are a small, family-run, and team-oriented winery focusing on making low-intervention, cool-climate wines sourced from grapes in the Sta. Rita Hills. We are looking for a self- motivated and enthusiastic Tasting Room Associate who can also help with production and events. This hybrid role will give you a chance to learn about all aspects of the wine business, focusing on direct-to-consumer. You’ll be exposed to winemaking, learn about wine selling via staff wine tastings and by connecting directly with our guests in the tasting room. You will also have a chance to help with winemaking operations if that is interesting to you. SAMsARA is growing quickly and we want you to grow with us!
We have two locations: Goleta and Los Olivos so you will need to be willing to work part-time at each and have reliable transportation. We are also looking for someone who has a relatively flexible schedule and is available to work weekends.
Responsibilities – Goleta & Los Olivos Tasting Room
-Guide the guests through their wine tasting experience – focus on geology/climate of our winemaking region, our specific winemaking practices, varietal details and origins, history of our winemaking region
-Host private tastings, give winery tours with confidence and proper service techniques
-Participate/pour at SAMsARA events – Wine club pick up parties, wine festivals, winemaker dinners, live music events, World of Pinot Noir, Roar and Pour etc.
-Consistently demonstrate a friendly, knowledgeable, and professional attitude and a strong attention to detail
-Connect with each guest so they leave feeling like they are part of the SAMsARA community
-Ask for sales related to wine clubs and up-selling
-Identify our wine club members and make them feel extra-special
-Maintain a clean, sanitary and welcoming environment in the tasting room
Desired Qualities & Attributes
-A contagious enthusiasm for wine (and a strong motivation to continue learning)
-At least 2 years wine industry and/or hospitality experience – tasting room/DTC sales preferred!
-Flexibility to work in both our Los Olivos and Goleta tasting rooms
-Possess excellent communication (written and verbal) and interpersonal skills
-Highly motivated, organized, and detail-oriented with the ability to work in a diverse environment
-Strong computer skills, including proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, G drive, and Dropbox
-Must have a California driver’s license and reliable transportation
-Be able to lift 40 lbs. and stand for long periods of time
The position is ~25-30 hours per week (3-4 days) and it has the potential to grow into a full-time salaried position for the right candidate who wants to grow with us in this DTC sales and hospitality role.
-$16-$20 hourly + tips (starting wage dependent on experience)
-Wine club sign up bonus included: $60 for Collectors Club, $35 for Cellar Club, $20 for Seasonal Club
-50% off wine discount for employees
-Healthcare stipend after 90 days employment
-401k 50% match up to 6% after 1 year
-Paid sick time accrue immediately – can use after 90 days employment
-Paid vacation after 1 year employment
-Wine allocation after 1 year employment
If you find this job intriguing, don’t hesitate to reach out and tell us why! We look forward to hearing from you!
If interested, E-MAIL HERE.