Flexibility: High

Social Engagement: High

What’s What: Do you love wine? Can you go on and on about it? What if sharing that enthusiasm was something you could get paid for? It is!

Amava Take: There are winemakers all over the country. If you’ve tried any of the tasting circuits, you know that each winemaker wants to create a pleasant environment for guests who come around. That includes just the right person to front the whole shebang. If this sounds like your dream job, your dream can be made a reality.

From the Front Lines:

What kinds of candidates are you looking for to fill these jobs?

The three Ps are what we look for: personable, passionate and presentable.

Any tips for first-timers to make it a productive and fulfilling experience?

Master our process and our product. Because you’ll be getting questions!

What’s a typical daily schedule like?

Often tastings are held on weekends, so we look for people who are willing to work those shifts.

From the Trenches:

What’s the most satisfying part of the job?

Sharing my love of wine with people who are clearly interested!

How would you describe the hard parts?

Dealing with people who may already have had a few too many.

What’s the wine sentence you’ve said with a straight face that you never thought you’d say?

It’s an oaky, chocolate, leather explosion in your mouth!

Special Requirements: You need to be at least 21, and some food and beverage experience is helpful. Most wineries sell other merchandise too, so retail experience doesn’t hurt. Otherwise, being outgoing and engaging is the most important thing of all.

Related Classes: Interpersonal Communication, Keys to Effective Communication, Skills for Making Great Decisions, Managing Customer Service, Effective Selling

Finding a Position: Plenty of positions can be found on national job boards, and a more tailored approach to finding a wine job can be found here. You can also search specific wine regions for wine job listings.