Tassel Ridge Winery is now hiring for the following positions:

Assistant Tasting Room Manager
Sales Representative
Chef
Part-Time Tasting Room Staff
Part-Time Wine Ambassadors

 


Tassel Ridge Winery is seeking a team-oriented individual to join its team as the Assistant Tasting Room Manager. This position supports our mission by performing tasks and leading a team (consisting of both full-time and part-time staff) that creates delightful visitor experiences and results in raving fans of Tassel Ridge wines. This includes but is not limited to training staff, leading informative and interesting tours and wine tastings, cooking food according to established recipes, managing the food safety program, managing a gift merchandising program of gift shop items that sell themselves, and managing the responsible alcohol service program.

The ideal candidate will possess:

  • Previous experience in a high-service retail or hospitality environment
  • Previous supervisory experience
  • A proven work ethic
  • Strong computer skills
  • Strong interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills
  • A degree in Business Administration, Hospitality Management, Retail or equivalent experience

This position requires working 2–3 weekends per month as well as some weekday evenings during Winery events. The ability to lift 40 pounds and work in varied climatic conditions is required. Applicants must be at least 21 years of age.

Tassel Ridge Winery offers a competitive salary and full benefits package.

Equal Opportunity Employer
Pre-employment physical and drug screen required.
Background check conducted prior to job offer.

How to Apply

 


 

Now hiring for a Sales Representative to join the Tassel Ridge Winery Sales Team!

Our Sales Reps begin and end each day at Tassel Ridge Winery, with the possible exception of one or two overnight stays every one to two weeks. The ability to lift 40 pounds and possess a clean driving record is required. Applicants must be at least 21 years of age.

As a Tassel Ridge Winery Sales Representative, your responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Achieving retail sales distribution goals by developing and managing a network of retailers and restaurants that actively sell Tassel Ridge wines.
  • Continuously identify, contact and recruit new retailers and restaurants
  • Maximize sales opportunities by servicing and providing retailers and restaurants with the necessary knowledge and tools required to properly distribute Tassel Ridge wines, including:
    • Planning, designing and conducting educational product presentations
    • Providing wait and sales staff with presentation training
    • Conducting tasting events (which may require weekends)
    • Providing promotional support including point-of-sale materials
  • Manage active accounts by making weekly or more frequent calls, monitoring inventory turns, ensuring current vintage and delivering orders
  • Gather information about competitors’ activities in selling to retail and restaurant accounts, including successes and failures, and reports information back to Owner
  • Assisting with promotional events at the winery
  • Develops detailed written procedures and training aids for all activities
  • Networks in the community and develops partnerships in an effort to achieve the winery’s strategic goals
  • Investigates and resolves retailers and restaurant’s complaints
  • Is committed to working weekends and evenings as necessary
  • Ensures activities follow and comply with ABD (Alcoholic Beverage Division) and other related regulations
  • Participates in a program of continual learning and skill development
  • Effectively communicates and participates as a part of the Winery Team which includes regular attendance at the monthly team meeting

The ideal candidate will possess:

  • A proven work ethic
  • Strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent presentation skills
  • Experience assessing customer wants and preferences and modifying a service delivery system to respond to the customer
  • Experience in the wine industry is preferred
  • Strong computer skills (Word, Excel, e-mail and internet)
  • Proven ability to build working relationships
  • Demonstrated passion for the winery industry and Tassel Ridge Winery products

How to Apply

 


Tassel Ridge Winery is seeking a passionate Chef to join our winery. The successful candidate must be committed to working approximately 25 hours per week; Thursday–Saturday, 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (or to event close). The schedule may vary to include working additional week days or evenings, Sundays and/or selected holidays as needed.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Prepares selected foods that have been determined to showcase our wines
  • Keeps kitchen, kitchen equipment, and supplies clean and organized
  • Maintains a high level of personal hygiene and demeanor
  • Engages with customers during pizza preparation and after formal dinners
  • Safely uses all kitchen equipment and ensures it is properly maintained and functioning
  • Develops wine and food pairing expertise

Ideal candidate will possess:

  • A good work ethic
  • Self-motivated
  • Proven team leadership skills and strong team orientation
  • Likes to provide excellent service and demonstrates the desire and drive to exceed customer expectations
  • Model professionalism
  • Dedication and commitment to working evenings, weekends and holidays
  • Able to lift 40 pounds and stand for a prolonged period of time

Preferred experience:

  • Serve-safe certified
  • Culinary Arts degree and/or relevant work experience
  • Experience in training others as well as public speaking

Candidate must be 21 years of age.
Pre-employment physical and drug screen required.
Background check conducted prior to job offer.
Tassel Ridge Winery is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

How to Apply

 


Now hiring a Tasting Room Staff (Part-Time)

Tassel Ridge Winery is seeking team-oriented individuals who are passionate about wine to join our Tasting Room staff.  The successful candidate must be able to work varying hours for special events (Thursday, Friday, or Saturday evenings) as well as normal business hours on Saturday (9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.) and/or Sunday (noon–6:00 p.m.).

The ideal candidates will be comfortable conducting detailed tours for guests and understands the importance of creating customer relationships. Primary responsibilities include conducting wine tastings that educate and delight, processing gift shop transactions, and ensuring the visitor areas are clean and well kept.

Position starts at $10/hour and increases to $12/hour once training is complete.

Attributes that are needed to perform these responsibilities include:

  • Interest in wine and a desire to learn about wine by tasting and consuming it with meals
  • Strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to effectively communicate with a diverse customer base
  • Team-oriented with the ability to work in an environment that requires flexibility
  • Professional demeanor and appearance
  • Some computer and/or cash register knowledge

The capability to lift 40 lbs. and stand/walk for long periods of time is required.

Applicants must be at least 21 years of age. Previous restaurant, waitress/waiter, food prep experience is highly preferred.

If you are a team player with a dynamic personality and are looking for a part-time position, we would like to hear from you! All part-time employees are eligible for our 401(k) retirement plan.

Candidates may not be employed by, or have any direct or indirect interest in any liquor, wine or beer manufacturer, bottler, importer, wholesaler (distributor), broker, or retailer in Iowa, the United States, or outside the United States.

How to Apply

 


 

Interested in Wine? Like to Meet People?

If you’re interested in wine, like to talk about wine, and like to meet people, become a Tassel Ridge Winery Wine Ambassador—host wine tastings at Tassel Ridge retailers located near your home. It can be very gratifying to introduce someone to a new wine, have that person enjoy it, and subsequently buy a bottle of it.

Through a Wine Ambassador, people can try Tassel Ridge wines at a location where they can purchase the wines they taste. In addition to discussing flavor profiles, Ambassadors can recommend foods that pair well with individual wines. They can also make suggestions for ways to serve Tassel Ridge wines at events that range from family dinners to an evening on the deck watching the world go by.

Part-Time Position
The part-time Wine Ambassador position involves conducting two to three tastings per week at designated Tassel Ridge Winery retailers. Each tasting lasts approximately two hours, and set-up and take-down time is paid. Tastings happen mostly on Thursday and Friday evenings and on Saturdays. Since the tastings are determined and prepared in advance by the Sales Support Coordinator, the main focus of the Ambassador is to introduce people to Tassel Ridge wines by pouring tastes and talking about the wines.

Training
Comprehensive training is included, beginning with a 4-hour training session at the Winery. To ensure that an Ambassador knows how to do an actual wine tasting, two tastings are conducted under the leadership of one of the Tassel Ridge sales reps or an experienced Ambassador.

Also included in the training is detailed information about Tassel Ridge wines, so that an Ambassador can confidently discuss them with others and encourage prospective customers to discover a Tassel Ridge wine that they like.

Ambassador Days happen on a quarterly basis at the Winery. They allow Ambassadors to see what is happening in the vineyards, cellar, and tasting room. Ambassadors can also taste wines that have not been tried before as well as soon-to-be-released wines.

Iowa Wines
Wine tastings give people the chance to discover that there are wonderful Iowa wines. When Tassel Ridge Winery began over ten years ago, the perception was that wines made in Iowa were inferior to domestic or imported wines. When first trying an Iowa wine, many people are pleasantly surprised at the exceptional quality. The huge variety of Tassel Ridge wines, ranging from dry to sweet, offer many choices to meet people’s preferences.

Become an Ambassador!
Being a Tassel Ridge Ambassador can be personally rewarding! For more information, contact the Winery or download an application below.

If you live in or around the following areas, we’d enjoy hearing from you!

  • Adel
  • Ames
  • Cedar Rapids
  • Dubuque
  • Iowa City
  • Orange City
  • Sioux City
  • Spirit Lake

This position will work 6–8 wine-tasting events per month. Events take place in the late afternoon or early evening on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. The successful candidate will demonstrate a passion for wine and a desire to converse with patrons about our wine. We will provide full training so that our Ambassadors can represent the winery at promotional and wine-tasting events, and knowledgeably converse with attendees about the winery and its wines.

How to Apply

 

 


 

Applications, resumes, and cover letters can be submitted via mail, fax, or e-mail to the following:

Attn: Human Resources

Tassel Ridge Winery

P.O. Box 115

Oskaloosa, IA 52577-0115

Fax: 641.673.0566

Email: jobs@tasselridge.com

Click here to download an application.

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