At Opus One Winery LLC, 85 percent of employees say their workplace is great.



This review is based on 84 employee surveys, with a 90% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 2.33. It was published on Jul 9, 2018. 3709 Visitors

What Employees Say

We have special and unique benefits here.
I feel good about the ways we contribute to the community.
I'm proud to tell others I work here.
I am given the resources and equipment to do my job.
Management is competent at running the business.

What They Do

We asked Opus One Winery LLC to explain what they do. Here is what they had to say.

Opus One, founded in 1979,is an ultra-luxury winery situated in the heart of the Napa Valley which produces only a single wine each vintage that expresses our estate vineyards and demonstrates our founders’ vision for absolute wine quality. 

About this Company

Website: Industry: Manufacturing & Production
US Headquarters: Oakville, California, 94562 US Sites: 1
US Employees: 91 US Revenues: $51.5 million
Worldwide Revenues: $104 million Employees Worldwide: 97
Corporate Structure: Private Founded: 1979

Opus One Winery LLC has been awarded:

Best Workplaces in Manufacturing & Production 2018 (ranked 19)

Opus One Goes to France

Perks and Programs

We asked Opus One Winery LLC to share a few programs they feel really capture what's unique about their workplace. Here is what they had to say.

  • Employee Winemaking Teams: It is critical that every employee understand the pleasure, and the pressures, involved in winemaking - and, how each individual contributes to our goal of ultimate wine quality. To that end, each year two cross-departmental teams are created and 'given' their own vines to manage through the year. They are responsible for making all grape growing and winemaking décisions. Their wine lots are considered for blending into the final blend of Opus One, and each team receives bottles of their own wine. Every employee at Opus One is given the great experience, of being on a winemaking team.
  • Blessing of Grapes and Harvest Party: Each harvest is initiated with a traditional blessing of the grapes ceremony attended by staff and close friends. Mimosas, coffee and croissants infuse the morning as we give thanks for nature's bounty. At the finish of harvest we say thank-you for the hard work and dedication that everyone gives during the busy season. Every year we have a fun theme, and include employees and their families in the festivities. We feel that the families and children of our employees should be thanked as well, as it is they who support our employees during an especially demanding time of year. Pinatas, mechanical bull rides and mariachi bands make for a festive event.
  • Harvest Experience: There is no better way for our trade partners to understand the passion and excitement of winemaking than to participate in the process themselves. Each year a select number of Trade Partners are invited to join us for three days of work, and fun. Following a welcome dinner the first night, the harvesters meet in the vineyard at 5 am to join our crew picking grapes. As the sun rises, they are offered hot chocolate and croissants. For the next two days they will be immursed and participate in every phase of the harvest process. Each night we celebrate with a great meal. These have been unforgettable expériences for our Partners.
  • Opus One Goes to France: The culture of our company is a complex and harmonious blend of the American and French cultures as expressed by our founding families, the Mondavis and Rothschilds. To ensure that each employee has a deep and thorough appreciation of the Rothschilds and of French culture, every employee - part-time, janitorial staff, full time - travels in cross-departmental groups to France for one week. The trip includes educational visits to Chateau Mouton Rothschild and other Bordeaux wineries, as well as an interaction with our Bordeaux office staff. The trip concludes with a grand culinary and cultural experience in Paris.
  • Volunteerism Policy: Opus One recognizes that it is our responsibility to help strengthen the communities in which we live and work. Consequently, we encourage our employees to become involved in their communities, lending their voluntary support to programs that enrich the quality of life and opportunities for all citizens. Opus One provides up to one week of paid leave per calendar year to volunteer in a civic, charitable, educational, humanitarian, environmental, health, or public safety organization for each full-time employee. Most years we will organize a winery-wide day of volunteer work where we will go together to give back to our community.
  • Annual Holiday Party: At Opus One, we host an amazing annual holiday party for our employees and a guest, as well as many of our vendors. Held at the winery, our staff arrive to find the facility transformed amazingly into a winter wonderland. It is an evening in which we all take great pride in our winery and enjoy our larger family. In reflection of our core value of the importance of the individual, the family, and the community, we feel that it is important to include spouses/significant others in our events as well as our vendors, most of whom we have had a longstanding relationship.
  • Golf League and Opus Open: Employees are invited to play golf two nights per week during the summer season. At the end of the season in August, all Opus One employees are invited to the local golf course to enjoy the afternoon together. Teams of three to four are created, novice and experts combined, play 'best-ball' across the entire course. Winners receive hats and shirts, and the losing team receives lessons for next year. The day ends at the clubhouse with an evening dinner. The Opus Open is one of our most anticipated events and is in it's 20th year.
  • Magnum Program: We recognize there are events in our employees' lives that are particularly special. When an employee has a new baby or gets married, we celebrate this by presenting the employee with a certificate for a 1.5L bottle of Opus One for the vintage that corresponds to the year that the event took place. Our 1.5L bottles are released 5 years following the harvest year. So as an example, an employee that got married in 2015 would receive their bottle in 2020 when the vintage is released. Each child that is born gets their own bottle as well in the year of the child's birth. These certificates are honored even if the individual is no longer with Opus One at the time the magnum is available.
  • Wine Education: We are firm believers in continuing education, especially with regard to increasing one's wine knowledge, regardless of position in the Company. We not only support individuals attending seminars outside of Opus One, but we also provide extensive classes via The Everyday Guide to Wine. This is open to all Opus One employees and involves education and tastings of the wines of the world. We feel it is not only important to have in-depth knowledge of our own winemaking and viticulture practices, but it is important to be well-versed in all varietals of wine.
  • Quarterly Wine Program: It is essential that our employees have the chance to enjoy at home and with their friends the wines that they work so hard to produce. Each employee receives an annual allocation of our top wine Opus One, and our second Wine Overture. In addtition, each employee receives annual samplings of wines from our founders, Robert Mondavi and Baron Philippe de Rothschild.


95% Company-paid health coverage for employees 95% Company-paid health coverage for dependents
2017 Patron's Event


33 days Paid time off after one year of full-time employment Set days Paid sick days after one year of full-time employment
3 days Paid sick days after one year of part-time employment 33 Days Paid time off as of first day of full-time employment


  • Flexible schedule (50% use it)
  • Subsidized On- or Off-site Fitness (100% have access)
  • Onsite Amenities (dry cleaning pickup, pastries delivered on Tuesday mornings)


95 days Job-protected maternity leave (including FMLA/STD) 95 days Average length of maternity leave new mothers take
60 days Job-protected paternity leave (including FMLA)30 days Average length of paternity leave new fathers take
60 days Job-protected parental leave for adoptive parents (including FMLA)*


  • Mental health care
  • Alternative treatments (such as acupuncture, homeopathy, or chiropractic)

Community and Environmental Impact

40 hours Paid time off to volunteer $198,156 Philanthropic donations in last year
Facility Manager Leads environmental impact team Yes Sustainable commuting program
Yes Recycling program


  • Written policy prohibits discrimination based on (at a minimum) age, disability, race/ethnicity, religious beliefs, gender and sexual orientation
  • Formal programs (such as resource groups, mentorship, networking, or other affinity groups) support professional development for: Speakers of English as a second language
  • 3 events a year connect employees with peers from different racial/ethnic, religious or country-of-origin identities
  • Non-birth parents in same-sex relationships can take parental leave

Leadership Diversity


Workforce Diversity

Dinner in Bordeaux


2017 Opus Open Golf Tournament

How to Get Hired

We asked Opus One Winery LLC for some inside information on how to get hired at the organization. Here is what they had to say.

What key characteristics tell you a prospective employee will be a great fit for your company?

At Opus One, we seek out the top talent, best in class, for each position.  Howevever, it is the cultural fit that is the most important.  Candidates must align with our core values: absolute wine quality, attention to detail, nurturing relationships, consistent purity of focus, looking backward & looking forward, demand must always exceed supply, and the importance of the individual, the family and the community.  We look for candidates with strong communication skills and a thorough belief in the value of team work.  The candidate must share the passion of working for a greater goal, beyond a paycheck or individual professional career development.  A candidate who has embodied these values in past positions, as well as displaying an understanding of our history and the passion for what we do, shows us that they will fit well into the Opus One culture.

What can prospective employees do to get your attention?

Employees can best get our attention by talking to us.  We believe deeply in the importance of relationships and shared passion.  We have an open door policy and are always eager to meet people who are interested in working with us.  People stand out by showing us their passion for the wine and their comprehension of the story of Opus One.  We have such a rich history, and we greatly value and respect it.  Candidates who can understand our passion for the legacy of our founders and can appreciate our vision for the future show us that they have the empathy and the drive to join us. 

Are there any positions or types of candidates you are particularly focused on hiring in this coming year?

With the eventual completion of a major construction project at the winery, we will expand and enhance our abiltiy to welcome visitors to the winery in a world-class manner and environement.  We will be looking to grow our Hospitality Staff and for the first time to create an on-site Culinary Staff.  Wine is experience.  Our visitors expect to have a first rate experience tasting our wine and enjoying very unique and unforgettable dining experiences.  With our expanded facility and new staff, we will be able to provide just such great moments.

What should interested candidates do to find out more and get started?

Our website,, is where prospective candidates can learn about the history of Opus One and our founders, Baron Philippe de Rothschild and Robert Mondavi.  Here, we also discuss our wines and provide tasting notes for every vintage available for those wanting to learn more about us.

hiring Outlook

10 Forecasted positions to fill in coming year 10% Job Growth
27% Openings filled by current employees 2% Voluntary turnover for full-time employees
* All figures refer to 12-month period prior to reporting, unless otherwise noted.

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