Originally Posted by christie0278
do you work for a winery? where? I am the Tour Operations Coordinator at a winery in New York
Yes, I work there. I am currently the Assistant Director of Operation (Yuppy name for my position, but that'* what they call me, but my work covers everything from maintaining the apple orchards and vineyards, giving tours, ordering trinkets and whatever else needs to be stocked, running the Starbucks booth, helping with the wine making, bottling, and managing on Thursday'* and Sundays as well as days when all the higher-ups (the owners and the Director of Operations) are out. Currently the winery is for sale so I have no clue where the road may lead for me when new owners take over.
Also, currently we are the largest winery in Minnesota, covering over 200 acres, selling over 70,000 750ml bottles per year, right at 8,000 apple trees (12 different types) and 30+ acres of vineyards (20-24 different varieties).
Most interesting place I have heard of our wine being sold at is a bar in the Las Vegas Airport.
We wholesale mainly right here in MN to liquor stores and restaurants -most heavily in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, but we're getting more and more vendors every week since I convinced the owner to allow further wholesales. Heck the first week after I got the ok I signed up 8 new accounts just by visiting them in person on my nights out. Really made me feel good knowing I am getting a good return for my efforts.
So enough of my jabbering.
Which winery do you work for and for how long? I am betting if you enjoy your job as much as I do mine you have a blast almost everyday.
I really have to admit the tours are a really good way to induce wine-making knowledge to tourists.
I like to use the story of 'The Ugly Duckling" to compare with wine-making ..
I.E.: ugly little duck & fermenting grapes, maturing duckling developing it'* swan looks -grapes/wine aging in the barrels working on their 'air' and flavors as well as their smoothness.