Les Dames Host: Kari Leitch, Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery
Founded in 1934, Chateau Ste. Michelle is the oldest winery in Washington with some of the most mature vineyards in the Columbia Valley. The winery combines Old World winemaking tradition with New World innovation and is best known for its award-winning Riesling, Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Chateau Ste. Michelle is one of the few premium wineries in the world with two state-of-the-art winemaking facilities, one devoted to whites and another to reds. While Chateau Ste. Michelle's vineyards and its red winemaking facility are located on the east side of the Cascade Mountains where the climate is dry and sunny, our white wines are produced at the winery's Woodinville Chateau, 15 miles northeast of Seattle.
This 87-acre estate hosts some 300,000 visitors annually for our Summer Concert Series, culinary events, tours and tastings.
The internship will highlight winemaking and the guest amenities that have made Chateau Ste. Michelle among the most popular tourist destinations in Washington State.
Learn about all facets of the winery industry by participating in the winemaking process from the vineyard to the bottle. You will interact with winemakers as they ferment and blend wines in the cellar during harvest.
Chateau Ste. Michelle is one of the few Washington wineries with an in-house culinary team. You will interact with this team planning seasonal menu items for winery and/or private events.
Our Summer Concert Series will be in full swing during the internship, and the intern will gain an insider's perspective of planning and hosting a show for 4,000 guests. Additional time with our guest services team will give the intern exposure to the winery's overall approach to providing visitors with an outstanding wine experience. Marketing and sales experiences also will be included.
Time will also be dedicated to exploring the city of Seattle with members of our Les Dames d'Escoffier chapter.
Accommodations and most meals will be provided during the four-day internship. A rental car is required for some transportation.
The internship will occur in late August or September pending the concert schedule which will be finalized early April.