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Over seventy-five years ago, with humble beginnings, brothers Ernest and Julio Gallo began E. & J. Gallo Winery. Today, we are the world's largest family-owned winery. We distribute wines to 90 countries and are the largest exporter of California wine. E. & J. Gallo Winery employs a creative and talented team of more than 5,000 people.

We truly believe that the contributions of our employees are what make our Winery a dominant force in the ever-growing wine industry.

If you want to work with great people and enjoy a career in a dynamic industry expected to double in the next 10 years, see what opportunities await you at E. & J. Gallo Winery!

Full Time/Part Time


Job Description


Responsible for managing the day to day operations for the distillation organization maintaining established compliance policies and procedures while delivering the stylistic and quality initiatives for the spirits products managed. Also is responsible for managing and developing a team of distillers that will carry-out established standards and policies.


• Manages the production of continuous and alambic distillations.

• Supervises the barreling, aging, processing and blending process of distillates as required for bottling.

• Manages the appraising of raw materials for spirit quality; partners internal and external suppliers to provide recommendations regarding the cultivation of raw materials.

• Participates in the tasting process; oversees the attainment of spirits flavor profiles which meet marketing needs.

• Ensures the compliance of TTB and FDA regulations, facilitate standard operating procedures and related winemaking/distillation practices.

• Maintains spirits internal “gold standard” specifications.

• Conducts product presentations for internal and external customers.

• Participates on cross-functional continuous improvement teams.

• Interfaces with other resources/departments of the organization to ensure successful (productive, high quality and profitable) completion of distillation process.

• Oversees the completion and success of the trials and experiments.

• Works with the senior leadership team in developing policies and procedures for the distillation group.

• Develops or approves recommendations to change systems, policies, and procedures; ensures timely and accurate implementation.

• Develops and maintains operating budget and capital spending plan.

• Monitors and ensures achievement of performance goals and objectives either directly or through subordinate staff.

• Maintains an understanding of the full spectrum of the spirits production processes.

• Oversees and handles projects that have short to long term focus.

• Balances planning efforts with day to day demands.

• Ensures employee conformance to established best practices and proper training of staff.

• Ensures GMP.

• Must maintain satisfactory attendance, to include timeliness.

• Responsible for understanding and complying with applicable quality, environmental and safety regulatory considerations. If accountable for the work of others, responsible for ensuring their understanding and compliance.

• This job description reflects management’s assignment of essential functions; it does not prescribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned.


• Develops, coaches and mentors subordinate staff.

• Conducts performance evaluations; recommends salary adjustments; rewards employees or takes disciplinary action, as necessary; addresses complaints and resolves issues.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


• High school diploma or GED.

• Bachelor of Science degree in Fermentation Science, Enology, Food Science plus 5 years of winemaking or distillation experience reflecting increasing levels of responsibility.

• Knowledge of global winemaking and continuous/alambic distillation processes.

• Knowledge of State and Federal regulations concerning wine and distilled spirits.


• Bachelor of Science degree in Fermentation Science, Enology, Food Science plus 8 years of winemaking or distillation experience reflecting increasing levels of responsibility.

• Master of Science degree in Enology, Fermentation Science or Food Science.

• Experience reading, analyzing and interpreting common scientific and technical journals, financial reports and legal documents.

• Experience responding to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies or members of the business community.

• Experience effectively presenting information to top management and public groups.

• Skilled in the use of MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint at an intermediate level.

• Skilled in applying concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.

• Experience applying principles of logical or scientific thinking to a wide range of intellectual and practical problems.

• Experience dealing with nonverbal symbolism (formulas, scientific equations, graphs, etc.) in its most difficult phases.

• Experience dealing with a variety of abstract and concrete variables.

• Experience working with all levels and functions within the company.

• Experience driving work scheduling and prioritization at assigned location(s).

• Demonstrated well-developed leadership qualities.

• Comprehensive knowledge of production winemaking, brandy-making and spirits distillation including but not limited to process control, production processing, work scheduling and prioritizing and government regulations.

• Experience applying comprehensive knowledge of particular field of specialization to the completion of difficult assignments.

• Experience operating with substantial latitude for un-reviewed action or decision.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear and taste or smell. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. Specific vision abilities required by this job include color vision (Judging wine and spirits color).


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the essential function of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts; high, precarious places; fumes or airborne particles; toxic or caustic chemicals; and outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


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OMG!!! After several gold, silver and bronze medals, starting a company and building it up in 4 years then selling it, now consulting on the first bourbon distillery in Australia and building it, I cannot even make the minimum QUALIFICATIONS here and not sure any one else could. Too Bad, might be a great job. Coop

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Hey there I understand you're looking for a distillation manager.

My name's Matthew Ensor I've just graduated from Heriot Watts post grad masters programme in brewing & distilling.

Previously to that I worked in the wine industry for 6 years in which time I've done harvests for producers such as Didier Dagueneau, Zind Humbrecht & Au Bon Climat.

I posted my resume through the Gallo website but the sites software couldn't quite get its head round a masters in distillation.

I'm presently in Europe but would be interested in arranging a time to Skype. I'd like to know what range of spirits you're producing, what end of the market you're selling into & what sort of volumes you're producing.

I've included a copy of my resume, the easiest way to contact me is my email address




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Hey Coop ... Think about all the fun you had over the last couple of years doin your own thing your own way !!!!... I don't believe I see the word "fun" in their posting anywhere !!!,,,, Maybe just my outlook...Dave , good powerpoint reference... :) ...Brian

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Hello Brian, I looked back at the qualifications and the letters F, U, N are in their, just not in the right order. I did not see a "Dress Code" or maybe I just missed it, Too bad. Coop

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