Hello All- I'm currently seeking out harvest opportunities in the West U.S. I have applied to the Brooks' internship for a number of years, but it is fairly competitive. Does anyone have recommendations for finding other internships/placements? Also, I'm a Canadian, so if anyone has gone through this process before, I would love to hear anything you feel like sharing. Thank you!Mara Hannesonmhanneson@gmail.com
David Yoshida - Any suggestions on finding harvest opportunities?
Check out winejobs.com. They post dozens, or hundreds of harvest internship opportunities. They even have a harvest help email newsletter.
It is very normal for wineries to bring in forgein help for the season, they often will know the necessary steps to obtain a work visa for you.
Fantastic, thank you so much!
Hi Mara! I recommend contacting wineries that you're interested in working with directly. Almost everyone needs extra help during harvest, so it's usually not difficult to find a spot, especially if you take the initiative of contacting people, and emphasize your love of physical labor and cleaning :)
CAEP and MAST facilitate visas for the US. As long as you haven't applied for a visa here in the past, it's pretty straightforward.
If you want to stay close to home, we are usually looking for keen industry folk to come lend a hand at Unsworth just up the road from you.
I second this approach, all of my harvest experience started with a written letter. Think carefully about what winery would give you the experience you’d like, and propose a project, something more than “I want to learn how to make wine” most importantly make sure you love the wine where you are working. It’s hard work, passion will make a huge difference in finishing successfully.