If you are interested in joining our staff and learning more about Virginia wine country, please fill out our form below. Our positions are part time and primarily on weekends.
What’s it like to work in a tasting room?
Many of us who work at 868 Estate Vineyards started our wine careers in a tasting room. It’s the place where people who love wine get to learn the behind the scenes about how wine is brought from the vine to the bottle. It’s also a place to make memories, whether you are pouring or sipping.
As many as 500 to 1,000 visitors could stop in during a busy festival, live music, or autumn weekend. In this festive atmosphere, you will truly bond with your fellow tasting room guests as well as staffers!
And since wine tasting is a leisure activity, you get to meet people who are relaxed, in a good mood, and open to a new educational experience. You’ll meet people who really make your day, and you may even become friends. Making connections with visitors and wine club members is an added benefit of tasting room work.
Who should apply?
In a tasting room you will get to meet people from all walks of life!
There are a few practical qualifiers we look for in hiring staff for the 868 tasting room:
- Must be 21 years old (unless you are applying for a bar back position)
- Must work weekends
- Must be able to talk in front of groups
- Must be able to lift and carry 50 pounds
- Must be able to stand for extended periods of time
- Candidates with prior sales, tasting room, or restaurant experience are great qualifiers.
What you bring to the tasting counter is important, too. We look for outgoing, enthusiastic people who can excel in the sales-driven customer service atmosphere of the 868 tasting room. The perfect candidate is passionate about wine and food, and “out of the box” thinking, and a team player who above all is committed to providing excellent guest experiences.
Top 3 tips
If you are ready to work in a tasting room, consider these tips from our seasoned staff:
A perfect candidate is passionate about wine and food, an “out of the box” thinker, and a team player committed to providing excellent guest experiences.
- Bring a positive attitude! This is important for a job in which you interact with the public daily. You meet all kinds of people from those who have never been to a tasting room to those who consider themselves wine experts, and it’s important to treat everyone courteously.
- Remember wine tasting is supposed to be fun! Most of the time people will recall the experience they had at a winery, but not the actual wines. While it’s important to educate people about wine, being able to intuit the level of interest your guest has is incredibly important. And be supportive of their wine preferences.
- Be a team player! On a busy Saturday, working well as a team can determine how everyone feels at the end of the day. Is your coworker in the middle of a tasting and you’re not? Help cycle glassware through the wash, jump on the register to ring out the couple who has been waiting patiently, or restock wine and merchandise on the sales floor. There will always be something to do! And at the end of the day, you can all share in the success together.
Secrets of a tasting room
Okay, there aren’t really any guarded tasting room ‘secrets’, but, you should know that to work in a tasting room you don’t have to be a wine expert! You just need to want to learn about wine. You’ll learn about 868 wine, and in turn educate our guests.
If you are interested in joining our staff and learning more about Virginia wine country, please fill out the form below. Thank you!