Internship Projects – Mount Warner Vineyards, Hadley, MA

The Mount Warner Vineyards is a small vineyard and winery located approximately three miles from the UMass campus.  We are growing mostly French hybrid grapes and producing white, red, port-style and some fruit wines.  We also keep bees and produce honey and some beeswax products.

UMass and Five College students are invited to apply for one of the following unpaid internships.  UMass students can reach the vineyard by bicycle and we can be work around your class schedule.  Students may earn academic credit through the UMass Stockbridge School of Agriculture.  Please contact us if you are interested in any of these projects:

Internship Projects

1.  Spring – Vine training and trellis  maintenance

This project will offer an introduction to grape varietals, vine training techniques and trellis styles.  Pruning generally begins in February,  weather permitting and proceeds through April.  Trellis maintenance is generally conducted in April or May.

2.  Summer – vineyard maintenance

This project will offer an introduction to grape varietals, vine training techniques and trellis styles.  Summer maintenance activities are conducted approximately May through August and include shoot positioning, trellis maintenance, fruit exposure techniques, topping, and irrigation maintenance.

3.  Fall semester – Introduction to winemaking

This internship will offer an introduction to commercial winemaking.  Most of the tasks will require effort during September and October, however, opportunities may exist to extend the internship through the Fall semester.  Activities will involve assistance with harvest, crush and press as well as lab testing and analysis, and intermediate wine production tasks.

Contact:  Gary Kamen

Tel: 413-531-4046

Gary_Kamen@mwvineyards.com

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