Vintage at Whitehaven!


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Company: Whitehaven Wine Company Ltd


Uploaded: 16 October 2020

Closes: 16 January 2021


Whitehaven Wine Company is a leading New Zealand family-owned wine company producing an award-winning collection of 100% Marlborough wines with an uncompromising focus on quality. Our broad portfolio of wines are sustainably produced from our own winery. Whitehaven is an accredited sustainable winery inspired by our commitment to improving all aspects of our social and environmental integrity.

We are now accepting applications from fit and motivated individuals wanting to join our small and passionate winemaking team for vintage 2021. Vintage is the epitome of teamwork, providing the ultimate mash up of hard work and fun and Whitehaven prides itself on providing a fantastic working and learning environment for all involved.

Harvest starts early March and runs for 8 weeks, with around 3 weeks of shift work operating 12-hours a day, 6/7 days per week. Training will be provided for all positions and during the shift work period a hot meal is provided daily.

For some positions we may require you to start earlier than March and to help provide support for at least two months after the harvest period ends. All positions are full-time, fixed term.

Experienced Vintage Cellar Hands

Experienced Vintage Cellar Hands with a minimum of three vintages experience and/or level 7 tertiary qualifications in winemaking we are looking for you! Having a proven track record working in a medium-to-large winery and excellent communication skills will help to land you the role.

Vintage Cellar Hands

Enthusiastic individuals with one year’s vintage experience or a keen interest in the wine industry, we are looking for you! While training will be provided, preference will be shown to those with at least one prior vintage and/or forklift experience.

Vintage Laboratory assistant

If you have the ability to multi-task, we are looking for you! The role consists of processing and analysing winery samples at all stages using equipment such as Autotitrator, DMA, Alcolyzer, BioSystems Y15. Communication forms a key part of this role. Prior laboratory or analytical experience will be highly regarded, but not essential as full training will be provided.

Ideally you will have:

  • A team player attitude and great sense of humour
  • At least one prior vintage experience or an interest in the wine industry
  • Strong communication skills
  • Attention to detail
  • A good level of fitness
  • A strong safety focus
  • The ability to lawfully work in New Zealand or obtain the right to lawfully work in New Zealand

Due to the current closure of the New Zealand border, we are only accepting applications from New Zealand residents or international applicants who are currently in New Zealand.

Please indicate in your cover letter which position you are applying for and send your application including cover letter and current CV with at least two referees via the button above or email to the address below:


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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