Assistant Tasting Room Manager

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Sunstone Vineyards, Winery and Villa is an organic vineyard retreat, located just 35 minutes north of Santa Barbara, in the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley.  Our facilities provide a relaxing atmosphere where you can enjoy our wines in our beautiful French Provençal style courtyards, stone barrel-aging caves, or picnic grounds.

Reporting to the Director of Hospitality, the Assistant Tasting Room Manager will manage and lead the day-to-day operation of the tasting room.  This position will encompass leadership, support, motivation and development of the team members, resulting in the creation of a positive environment that encourages ownership and accountability, while providing a quality guest and club member experience. This role will monitor and ensure exceptional service, food and wine quality and presentation, while meeting / exceeding departmental financial goals and ensuring operational compliance to company standards and adherence to all Santa Barbara County and State of California laws. 

Job Duties:

  • Ensure that every guest has a pleasant experience at the winery through the team’s efforts;
  • Handle all aspects of the tasting room staff scheduling, including day of deployment, replacement and labor budget;
  • Oversee staff and manages daily operation of the tasting room to ensure proper hospitality and service is provided to all guests;
  • Ensure all company policies, procedures and safety aspects are being followed;
  • Train, educate, motivate and manage tasting room staff, in conjunction with Director of Hospitality;
  • Coach and document employee performance issues, as needed;
  • Act as the point of sale in close out procedures, cash handling and reporting;
  • Act as safety champion in connection with tasting room operation; hold monthly safety meetings and following up appropriately on concerns;
  • Assist in tasting room, private tastings, tours and off-site events, as needed;
  • Manage wine and merchandise inventory; monitor the merchandising company products, including wine and non-wine items;
  • Manage and create tasting list content and wine sensory notes;
  • Carry out new policies and procedures, as determined by management and ensure all employees are updated with relevant information;
  • Works closely with all departments to ensure a seamless guest experience;
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience in tasting room management and/or customer service oriented position;
  • Strong leadership and customer service skills;
  • Attention to detail; strong organizational, conflict resolution and proficient written and oral communication skills necessary;
  • Passion for wine and highly visible interest in any wine industry-related information;
  • Ability to work with and relate to a wide variety of people;
  • Excellent sales skills and proven track record of sales-related experience;
  • Proficiency in technology, including POS system, the Microsoft suite of products, VIN 65 and Google Suite, necessary;
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds and to stand up for extended periods of time;
  • Flexibility in working schedule, including evenings, weekends and periodic offsite requirements;
  • Must be at least 21 years of age and hold a current, valid California Driver’s License.


  • $20.00 - $22.00 per hour DOE for this full-time, non-exempt position;
  • Employee benefit package to include health, dental and vision;
  • Paid holidays and paid time off on an accrual basis.


Santa Ynez, CA

Location: Santa Ynez, CA
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