Vintage 2021 Cellar Hands - Marlborough Winery


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Company: Pernod Ricard Winemakers

Type:Fixed Term

Uploaded: 21 September 2020

Closes: 21 November 2020

Want to experience a hands-on role in the wine industry? Are you looking to take a gap year from study, or have you finished study and wondering what to do? Working seasonally just suits your lifestyle? Or you just want to earn some money and experience the buzz of Vintage time in Marlborough?

Come work with us as a Vintage Cellar Hand!

Pernod Ricard Winemakers is a world-renowned wine business with iconic brands across world, including locally grown Stoneleigh and Brancott Estate. Our talented teams craft award-winning wines that are rich in character, including our newly launched Organic and vegan range of environmentally responsible wines.

We have positions available for Vintage Cellar Hands to play an important part in carrying out the physical aspects of making wine during harvest (vintage). The harvest period is expected to begin at the start of March 2021. This is an excellent opportunity to gain Vintage experience in an industry leading company!

We are seeking positive, capable and self-motivated individuals to join our 2021 vintage team.  

What’s in it for you?!

  • On-shift yummy Vintage meals provided
  • Work in one of New Zealand’s largest wineries
  • Great team environment - work with people from all around the world!
  • Staff discounts across our product range
  • Access to a range of staff discounts from local businesses
  • Career development opportunities
  • Can cater to couples or groups of friends!
  • We are planning for a fun end of harvest party!
  • A competitive pay rate
  • We are passionate about making great wine; our dedicated team are ready to show you why, and to welcome you on-board! This year we’re planning some fun treats and thank you gifts!

We are a large winery with the latest technology and modern facilities – we strive to be at the forefront of Industry 4.0 with innovation and sustainability.

To be successful in this role you will need:

  • A can-do attitude
  • Plenty of enthusiasm
  • To be hard working
  • Have the ability to continuously improve
  • To demonstrate a safety mindset.
  • Be comfortable working with semi-automated equipment
  • Have problem-solving skills
  • Have a good level of strength and fitness (e.g. ability to lift heavy loads)
  • Communication skills in English
  • The ability to legally work within New Zealand until May/June 2021
  • A team player with a good sense of humour

Winery experience is not required (just a bonus!) - you will be fully trained for the role. Along with training on how to use all necessary equipment to perform the role – the skills you learn will be transferable to other industries! This is your opportunity to see if this is an industry you’re interested in.

The harvest period is expected to begin at the start of March 2021, with the length dependent on harvest conditions. This role is a fixed-term position providing assistance with processing of grapes and wine products and will end once the workload drops. In previous years this has ranged from 5 to 8 weeks.

These roles include shift-work to cover our 24-hour operations. During peak harvest period shifts may be up to 12-hours, six days a week.

Please note our Marlborough winery is smoke free.

Early applications are encouraged, and we will review applications as they arrive.

To know more about us and what we stand for head along to and follow us on Instagram  @brancottestate  @stoneleighwine    @churchroadwinery

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.
  • 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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