Vintage Crew 2021

Marlborough, Hawke's Bay, Gisborne

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Company: Indevin Ltd

Type:Fixed Term

Uploaded: 23 December 2020

Closes: 23 January 2021


We need help with 2021 Vintage in Gisborne, Hawke’s Bay and/or Marlborough! We’re looking for a number of team members to help us during our busiest period, so we can keep making delicious wine for NZ and the world.

About Us

We might be a leader in the New Zealand Wine Industry but that’s not what makes us who we are. Our people are our winning formula; the secret sauce; the kiwifruit to our pavlova (yum). From our vineyard and winery teams, who work together to make sure our wine is outstanding; to our sales and admin teams, who keep everything running behind the scenes - our people are who we are.

Find out more about us on our website:

Vintage 2021 - Dates & Shift Details

Vintage is our busiest time of the year! We work hard to get all the grapes in and processed into wine so we can get it out the door to NZ and international shelves.

Typically, our vintages run from:

  • Gisborne & Hawke’s Bay: February through to late March
  • Marlborough: March to late April/early May
  • There is some possibility of you doing two harvest periods (for example, starting in Gisborne, finishing in Marlborough)

Because of the nature of our business, our vintage dates might change slightly, but we will always keep you up-to-date with the latest information as we get it.

The Roles

Cellar Hands/Labourers

Ready to get stuck in? We need people with a can-do, will-do attitude, motivation and willingness to learn. You need to be physically fit and reliable, as you’ll be working in a very fast-paced environment with other highly motivated team members. Experience in a winery is an advantage, but we’ll give you all the training you need to be successful.

This role involves a fair amount of manual labour and concentration, but you will be working with the same team every day,so if that appeals to you, you’ll love this role! Our team usually become very close knit over vintage, so you’ll enjoy the benefits of getting to work with a fun loving, team environment who are all there to achieve the same goal.

Cellar Supervisors/Team Leaders

Have experience as a Cellar Team Leader? Maybe you’ve supervised a team in agriculture or manufacturing? Or maybe you’re a sports team captain? Whatever the experience, we can train you in all things winery and cellar related!

Working a winery vintage is not an easy task - we work long hours, and it’s an extremely fast-paced environment. Everyone needs to stay on task, on time and work together - that’s where your leadership skills come in. We’re looking for someone who can get the best out of their team and motivate them to achieve the tight deadlines and do what it takes to meet their goals. If you have strong communication skills, are great at building motivation and love a challenge, get in touch with us today!

Vintage Forklift Operators

Do you have forklift experience? Maybe experience with a loader/digger? Or perhaps you’ve been a port worker? As long as you have experience with machinery and can easily get a ‘OSH’ & ‘F’ endorsement, we want to hear from you!

This role will cover a broad range of operations ranging from barrel operations and fruit receival, to inward/outward goods and general harvest related tasks - this is a varied role, with the opportunity to get tons of experience across the board.

Vintage Assistant Winemaker

You’ll have studied, or be currently studying a winemaking or science-related qualification.  Ideally you will also bring experience from a previous Winemaking role, but honestly, as long as you have some knowledge and a passion for winemaking, we can train you with all the skills you need!

In this fast-paced role, you’ll be working closely with our Winemakers, so you’ll get tons of one-on-one experience and on-the-job insight into what it’s really like. You’ll need excellent time management and communication skills, as well as the ability to work well in a team - we have A LOT of wine to process.

Laboratory Technicians

We might be bragging, but our winery lab is industry-leading, with state-of-the-art technology and a proud team who boast proficiency scores in the top percentile in the country. Our lab has it all, and a dedicated, accurate team is at the core of it.

Ideally you’ll have some lab experience, but whether that is in a previous work place, a university lab or a winery, is not a problem for us - all our supervisor is looking for is someone who is as committed and high-performing as the rest of the team. We work under high pressure and tight deadlines during vintage, so you’ll need to thrive in that environment, work well in a team and be physically fit.

In this role you will be responsible for grape maturity analysis, sampling and testing ferments, among other analysis consistent with industry best practice. We’ll train you to be the best.

The Benefits

Though we are looking for short-term staff, our standards are so high that there is some opportunity for high-achieving vintage crew to eventually join our permanent crew - we can’t let great staff go!

In exchange for your hard work and dedication we are offering:

  • competitive remuneration package;
  • delicious food cooked daily during vintage by our on-site vintage chef;
  • initial training and on-the-job experience;
  • assistance with accommodation, including recommendations;
  • experience with award-winning wine;
  • opportunity to get experience that can take you anywhere in the wine industry (and beyond).

All successful applicants will be required to undergo and pass a Pre-employment Drug and Alcohol test in accordance with the Indevin Drug and Alcohol Policy.

To apply, please email your CV and indicate the position you are applying for, and location if you have a preference. Applications can be sent to

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:
  • For information about New Zealand's Inland Revenue Department (for tax purposes and getting tax numbers etc), visit
  • For information about the Marlborough wine region, click here.
  • For information about the Hawkes Bay wine region, click here.
  • For more information about the Gisborne 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.
  • For general information about New Zealand, click here or here for two helpful websites. 

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