2021 Vintage Cellar Hand - Hawkes Bay

Hawke's Bay

Company: Villa Maria Estate

Type:Fixed Term

Uploaded: 21 August 2020

Closes: 14 November 2020

Villa Maria is 100% family-owned and is New Zealand’s Most Awarded winery. For the last four consecutive years Villa Maria has been named in the top ten most admired wine brands in the world and number one in New Zealand by Drinks International. At Villa Maria we are as passionate about our people as we are about producing quality wine.
Villa Maria Family of Wineries has a new state-of-the-art winery located in the North Island in the Gimblett Gravels of Hawkes Bay, a multifaceted grape growing region with a reputation for world class Chardonnay, Syrah and Bordeaux Blends in addition to our suite of aromatic white varietals. The winery is home to our iconic brands Villa Maria, Vidal Estate, Esk Valley and Leftfield and presents a unique and engaging opportunity to work with some of New Zealand’s most renowned winemakers, all under one roof. Our Hawke’s Bay winery is designed to accommodate a range of wine styles and has a particular focus on our significant barrel program.
We are now seeking Harvest Cellarhands and Harvest Team Leaders to join us in Hawkes Bay for the 2021 Harvest season. So, we need experienced and inexperienced people to join our team as we have different levels of Cellarhand roles to offer.
What we need from you:
  • Share our culture of Health & Safety first and be eager to learn our processes and procedures.
  • Be physically fit and have a positive attitude with a hands-on approach.
  • Be self-motivated and energetic with a great work ethic.
  • The ability to multitask and work well under pressure while having a strong attention to detail.
  • Forklift competency will be highly valued.
What we will offer you:
  • A competitive remuneration rate.
  • A daily shift meal.
  • Relevant training depending on the experience you bring.
  • A safe and supportive work environment.
Vintage Cellarhand - Level C (no experience needed)
If you come with a willingness to learn and have an optimistic, can do attitude and enjoy physical work will be offered a full induction and training program for their role.  Previous experience with grape receival, pressing, crushing, barrel work, wine/juice transfer and racking and clarification processes will be a distinct advantage however not essential as we will provide training to ensure you are ready for Harvest.
Vintage Cellarhand - Level B (experience required)
Our experienced Cellarhands assume Team Leader responsibilities during Harvest.  For these roles, you will need to have excellent communication skills as you will work closely with our Cellar Supervisors and will be assist with the training, leading and managing small teams of people during Harvest. You must have the ability to competently undertake several tasks at once while also having a strong attention to detail. Previous experience in the winery and a high level of proficiency with most cellar operations are essential. Health and Safety will be your priority while ensuring all operations are completed efficiently and to the highest standard.  
If you want to have the opportunity to work with our highly dedicated team of passionate people and make fantastic wines, we would love to hear from you!
We are offering fixed term work for our 2021 harvest period and will be between February to May 2021. Shift work will be required and during the peak of harvest working up to 10 hour shifts across 6 days.
Only people who are physically residing and are eligible to work in New Zealand should apply. Evidence of a Work Visa or Residency will be required. 
Don't miss out on an opportunity to join our 2021 vintage team.  Apply now.

Only people eligible to work in this country should apply for this position. Please provide evidence of your work visa or citizenship.

  • For information about working in New Zealand, visit the Immigration Department website: www.immigration.govt.nz
  • For information about New Zealand's Inland Revenue Department (for tax purposes and getting tax numbers etc), visit www.ird.govt.nz
  • For information about the Hawkes Bay wine region, click here.
  • Jobseekers should be aware that the start and finish dates of harvest work employment may change from those suggested by wineries at the time of your job offer. Vintage dates can not accurately be predicted.

    It is therefore important that you understand that depending on your employment arrangements with the employer there may be a period of time where you have no work or less work than you were expecting, and should have sufficient financial arrangements in place should this occur. Your actual start and finish dates may vary - if you have queries around this, check with your winery employer before booking airline tickets etc.
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