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South Okanagan wine industry hosts job fair in Naramata today

Wineries, restaurants and tour companies are hiring

Looking for a job in the wine industry? A job fair is being held today, Sunday, April 10 at the Naramata Centre with a host of South Okanagan wineries looking to fill positions from tasting room associates, vineyard workers, tour guides, servers and more.

The job fair goes from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

If you want work in the vineyard, several wineries are hiring for cellar hands and vineyard labour including planting, weed control, irrigation installation, leaf and shoot thinning. Pay is usually around $18 to $20 p/hr.

Beside meeting prospective employers, you also have the chance to join three different mini breakout sessions.

Canada’s Youngest Certified Sommelier (1996) and established wine educator Mireille Sauvé ( will present three sessions during the job fair: Varietal characteristics, sales trips and tricks and wine and food pairing.

Wine Industry job fair at Naramata Centre April 10 from 9 to 4 p.m. (File photo)
Wine Industry job fair at Naramata Centre April 10 from 9 to 4 p.m. (File photo)

Like all industries, wineries are facing a staffing shortage but are expecting a very busy wine season this year with COVID-19 restrictions lifted and travel restrictions lifted.

To learn more about the job fair click here.

Penticton’s tourism businesses held a very successful job fair and expo on Saturday at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre.

A total of 56 Penticton-based exhibitors came together to showcase the city’s tourism sector.

READ MORE: Penticton Tourism expo draws event organizers, tour operators and more

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Monique Tamminga

About the Author: Monique Tamminga

Monique brings 20 years of award-winning journalism experience to the role of editor at the Penticton Western News. Of those years, 17 were spent working as a senior reporter and acting editor with the Langley Advance Times.
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