A Contest to Bring New Talent To the Wine Industry

Last year, Murphy-Goode Winery in Geyserville, California turned its recruitment efforts into a highly visible competition that was documented in a mini-series.

To say the “A Really Goode Job” competition was a success is an understatement — the company saw 7,200 applications for what amounted to an opportunity to learn the ropes at Murphy-Goode while living rent free and being compensated handsomely.

With that in mind, Murphy-Goode, which is owned by Jackson Family Wines, decided to bring the “A Really Goode Job” competition back this year, Winemaker Dave Ready Jr. announced this week. Job perks include the opportunity to work at the winery in various capacities for one year while living rent free in Healdsburg, California, a $10,000-per-month salary, a foot in the door in the wine industry and a year’s supply of Murphy-Goode wine.

Ready said the campaign is intended to provide access and opportunity to those who are passionate about wine and diversify the voices that make up today’s wine industry. Removing barriers to entry such as prior experience and proximity to wine country allows Murphy-Goode to reach a more diverse pool of job candidates, welcoming those with different qualifications and educational specialties.  

“After receiving an incredible number of applications for last year’s ‘A Really Goode Job,’ it was a no-brainer decision to replicate it this year,” Ready said in a press release. “We hope to again see a diverse pool of candidates inside and outside the industry, in our backyard and beyond. Living and working in this beautiful part of the world is a true gift, and we relish the opportunity to share that with someone who is passionate about breaking into wine.”

To apply, candidates will create a short video introducing themselves and explaining what they would bring to Murphy-Goode winery, why they want to work in the wine industry and why Murphy-Goode should hire them, then upload it to the official campaign website. Finalists will be announced in July, taking their final interviews in Sonoma County. The candidate will be selected and announced in August. Once selected, the candidate will begin their year-long adventure with Murphy-Goode, first by shadowing Ready and experiencing the harvest season.

Murphy-Goode will then work with the candidate to identify their passion and create the ideal role at the winery for the remainder of the year, and potentially beyond.

The two candidates that were offered the 2021 dream jobs, Veronica Hebbard and Lindsay Perry, will continue working for Jackson Family Wines once their year is up this summer.

Interested applicants are asked to submit their videos on the official campaign website – www.murphygoodewinery.com/a-really-goode-job – by June 30. The role officially starts in September and runs through August.

Job applicants must be 21 years of age or older, a legal resident of the US and authorized to work in the US.

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