Wine & Beverage

From the Bottling Line to the Boardroom

Since 1970, Nelson has been providing part-time and regular full-time employees to wineries and vineyards throughout Northern California and beyond.  We’ve grown up with the local wine industry and know that a winery is, in reality, several businesses coexisting under one roof—each with a distinctive personality and unique recruiting requirements.

To meet those particular recruiting needs, we’ve established offices in the heart of Sonoma and Napa Wine Country. And to run those offices, we’ve hired a skilled team of recruiters with many combined years of experience filling management and executive level positions and well as operations and customer relations. This team has a solid reputation in the industry and they’re ready to assist you in filling key positions in these areas and more:

Front Office:

  • Accounts Payable
  • Accounts Receivable
  • General Office Support
  • Shipping/Receiving

Client/Customer Relations:

  • Marketing Director
  • National/Regional Sales Manager
  • PR Director
  • Wine Club Manager
  • Special Event Staff
  • Hospitality Staff
  • Sales/Marketing
  • Support Staff


  • Winemaker
  • Production Manager
  • Enologist
  • Cellar Master
  • QC/Laboratory Staff
  • Cellar Crew
  • Bottling Crew
  • Crush Crew
  • Viticulturist

In 2011, Nelson launched a specialty Executive Search practice dedicated to serving operational executive roles for the wine industry. That program has been extremely successful with large and boutique clients, and the wide range of wineries and consumer products companies within that broad span. If you are looking to fill roles such as these, we’re ready to help:

  • CEO
  • CFO
  • HR Director
  • Executive Assistant
  • Compliance

One of the things that sets us apart from other staffing companies is our ability to establish long-term relationships with clients. The way we achieve that is by taking the time to understand our partners’ needs and remaining agile enough to modify our own practices to meet them, even over years of changing circumstances. We have more than twenty client wineries who have entrusted their staffing, at all levels, to us for many years.

If you’re looking for flexible, cost-effective solutions—whether that be a weekend in the middle of harvest or for ongoing recruiting support—consider Nelson Wine & Beverage. Our commitment, dedication, and strong wine industry network have supported many leading wineries again and again.

“Nelson provides outstanding customer service. They understand the personality and caliber of people who are going to fit in our organization and they are very mindful of my budget. They take good care of me.”

—HR Director, Folio Fine Wine Partners