Luxury Spirits Company in search of Farming, Viticulture, and Distillation Interns:
Bhakta Spirits is a forward-looking, family-owned luxury brand founded by accomplished entrepreneur and founder of WhistlePig, Raj Peter Bhakta. Everything we do is full of character. Based out of our 800+ acre farm and recently purchased college campus in Vermont, we currently offer the oldest and rarest spirits portfolio on the market. With this foundation, Raj is committed to constructing the finest and most dominant spirits company in the world. Full stop.
At our core, we are committed to building a community of entrepreneurial minds and exciting ventures to fuel the optimistic revitalization of our region. As an able team of innovators in the food/beverage, entertainment, hospitality, and education spheres, we possess all the resources necessary to excel in this broad scope.
Here’s where you come in.
Raj, and our Global Operations Chief and native of Armagnac, Giles, are looking for Viticulture and Distillation interns to join our team this summer. As we plant several grape varieties and fruit trees, nurture existing crops, and distill and blend our 150-year-old portfolio of spirits, we are in search of curious young minds who want to play a pivotal role in our company’s American product pipeline.
Our founder, Raj Peter Bhakta, grew WhistlePig into America’s premier luxury rye whiskey brand — a business worth hundreds of millions. Now, just as he revived rye whiskey, he is doing the same for French Armagnac.
In 2019, Raj purchased the Ryst-Dupeyron Château in Condom, France, along with the family’s historic collection of Armagnac brandy. Bhakta Spirits and our flagship product, BHAKTA 50, were born. Blending vintages dating back to 1868, the whisky-finished Armagnac has a 50-year age statement and starting price point of $300.
We have secured the rarest spirit on the market, and our new portfolio will only grow from here. Our properties certainly have …
In August 2020, Raj bought a college … yes, a college. With his acquisition of Green Mountain College, a former liberal arts school, Raj is transforming the 125-acre property into a site for economic, educational, and agricultural revival. Though no students currently reside on campus, the Bhakta ethos has already begun to breathe life back into the property.
Beyond our campus in Poultney, Vermont, we have a farm and orchard just to the north in Shoreham; a thousand-acre sugarcane and cattle farm in Vero Beach, Florida; and a château in Condom, France. Across all of our properties, we produce the grapes, apples, grain, and gusto that are the foundation of our spirits ecosystem.
Job Description and Qualifications
This is one of several internships available, all of which can start as early as May 2021 and will last for 3-4 months. It will be based on our college campus and farm in the towns of Poultney and Shoreham, Vermont.
Alongside our farm and spirits production teams during the day and our in-house company and employees after hours, you will interface with all sides of the company and our community. This is one of several intern and junior positions available at BHAKTA, across the business in different departments. We want to build an ambitious young team to join us and be at the heart of our organization.
The position may include occasional travel to our farm and vineyard in Shoreham, our Florida ranch, and the French château. All necessary travel expenses will be covered.
Core Skill-Set and Responsibilities:
Enology and Viticulture:
- Planting and cultivation of various categories of trees and vines;
- Monitor contracted vineyards for pests, diseases, and other cultural practices associated with viticulture;
- Assist in collecting and entering data for estimating crop yields.
Production and Distillation:
- Perform blending of our wide array of spirits — a portfolio that dates back centuries and includes Armagnac, Calvados, Whiskey, and fresh-off-the still product Brandy;
- Sample, taste, and bottling of product;
- Work alongside our Global Chief of Operations, Giles, in the operation, maintenance, and refining of our distillation processes using our traditional wood-burning alembic still.
- Recent graduate or current student from a top agriculture, food science, or trade school;
- Must also have experience working on a farm, and very importantly, the willingness to pitch in to do other farm tasks as needed. We are a small team so everyone does a bit of everything – carpentry, field maintenance, using farm equipment, working with horses and other farm animals, as well as helping us bottle and package our new products;
- Ability to work independently under the direction of the Farm Manager;
- Entrepreneurial in spirit, driven for the best output, creative thinker and solution-oriented;
- 21 or older and have a valid driver’s license;
- Willing to take the leap on a unique, out of the ordinary experience. We look for those who create their own paths.
What We’re Offering:
- $650 bi-weekly stipend, free housing, academic course credit if needed, and bonus potential.
- This is an internship with the opportunity to extend or grow into a full time position based in Vermont.
- Interns live for free at Green Mountain College in Poultney, VT. Our facilities include a fully equipped weight room, basketball gym, indoor olympic-sized pool, and athletic fields, as well as a (currently frozen) river, a library, and miles of trails for hiking, mountain biking, and cross-country skiing.
- We have two Farming, Viticulture, and Distillation Internship positions available immediately through September. We would ideally like to hire a recent graduate who could be interested in staying on full time in a permanent role come September, but we are flexible. The most important thing is that we find smart, good, fit, hard-working, energetic and ambitious people to join us.
How to Apply:
- In one file, please send in a cover letter and resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org;
- After you apply, expect to hear back from our team shortly;
- Final stage candidates will interview with our Founder, Raj Bhakta.
More About Us:
While many companies have been forced to work via Zoom, thanks to our spacious campus and rural setting, we’re lucky enough to work in-person. Though we’re a company steeped in history, we have little regard for conventions. Planning sessions frequently occur during walk-and-talk hikes on the college’s trail network or up local mountains, and, from time to time, you may be asked to help make snowmen with Raj and his kids.
Ancillary duties may include: work and research related to the college project, feeding the horses, chickens, and kittens, taking the kids skiing or for a snowmobile ride, helping on the bottling line, or chopping wood.
In short, it is a frenetic environment where philosophical discussions coexist with manual labor in the great outdoors, all under the aegis of progress and excellence. Expect plenty of opportunities for mentorship, guidance, debate, and outside-of-the-box thinking.