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Uploaded: 19 June 2018

Closes: 19 July 2018


Viticulturist/Assistant to Hans Herzog 

Hans Herzog Estate is one of New Zealand’s most treasured artisan winery, and Hans Herzog a well-respected viticulturist/winemaker. Emphasis is on the vineyard to ensure our vines produce the best possible grapes – with over 25 different grape varieties a great and exciting challenge for every viticulturist. Vineyard and Winery are both certified organic with BioGro and we also practice some biodynamic principles. Lots of manual work goes into vineyard management for a low yielding crop of exceptionally concentrated fruit. Wines are made naturally in our fully-equipped winery with its own bottling and labelling equipment and we are proud of our reputation for producing some of the highest quality artisan wines.


We are looking for a trained viticulturist with, or without, winemaking practice, or winemakers with sound viticulture experience. It would be an advantage to have experience in a similar, small high-quality estate where you have learnt to be 'hands-on' and able to help wherever needed. You should be a bit of a “Jack of all trades” with a “can do” attitude.

Position summary and required skills:

You need to have the necessary skills to carry out all required work in a vineyard, unsupervised (from pruning and all the work in-between to netting) and have good physical strength and endurance. You need to be an excellent tractor driver, used to forklift driving and handy in maintaining machinery and equipment for vineyard and winery.

We grow a few fruit trees, Olive trees, have chickens and bees which have to be looked after - there is composting to do and many other farm duties of a typical small wine estate.

During Vintage you will be hands-on with picking, collecting bins, handling the press and pump, plunging, pumping over, controlling fermentation, cleaning all harvest machinery, tanks and tools to high hygiene standards maintained at our estate.

You will also assist Hans in the winery including cellar work, like barrel handling, topping up, racking and cleaning, bottling and labelling, dispatching orders, stock control etc. 

Our ideal candidate is crazy about fine wines, open-minded, friendly and fun to work with, with good communication skills.

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