Are you looking for a job in the Wine Industry? Here’s a quick breakdown of a few common positions in the wine business, with links to current openings in your area:
Wine Sales Jobs
Do you have any experience in wholesaling? How about previous beverage experience?
If not, you’re probably not ready to go after a job selling wine to bars, restaurants, grocery stores and other retailers.
If you are looking to gain experience to someday be a wine sales representative, you might first consider working at a retail wine store. Pay attention to the sales reps that come by in the mornings. Chat them up, get a feel for what their daily duties are, find out who the relevant distributors are in your area, figure out if being a wine sales rep is something you could do.
These wine reps that you meet are your way in to jobs with medium- to large-size distributors, which should probably be your targets. These companies will have portfolios with dozens of wineries, maybe even some breweries and distilleries as well, and this is where knowing your product comes into play.
If you expect your customers to take you seriously, you need to have an opinion on every winery and every varietal you sell. There is nothing worse than a Wine Sales Rep that doesn’t know her catalog.
Before going after a job in distribution, get some experience in retail, serving, or maybe even working hospitality at a winery’s tasting room.
Retail Wine Jobs
If you need to cut your teeth in the wine industry, a wine shop or wine bar is a great place to be. Grocery stores and Beverage stores can be great starts too, but it’s better if the place is focused on wine.
Hone your sales skills with people who are already looking to buy wine. Familiarize yourself with everything you sell; sit in on tastings, have opinions on what you’re drinking, find out what other people like and why. This is a crucial step of entering the wine world.
Jobs at Wineries
Why not go straight to the source and start working at a winery? There are entry-level positions just about everywhere, from office administration to tasting room to special events. If you’re going to take an entry level wine job, it’s important to have vision for what you’re working towards, and don’t be afraid to let your employer know!