Assistant Winemaker - Waitaki

Waitaki Valley

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Company: Te Kano Estate


Uploaded: 03 November 2020

Closes: 03 December 2020

About Te Kano Estate

Te Kano is a family-owned, quality-focussed wine producer with 60 hectares of Estate vineyards in Central Otago and the Waitaki valley. With our 4 vineyards spread across several subregions and a variety of soils, aspects and elevations, our fruit delivers a unique insight into the effect of terroir on our wines.

We focus on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and increasingly are making multiple single subregion wines in a range of styles. The coming harvest will see new vineyards coming on stream and adding Riesling, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Gamay Noir and Cabernet Franc to the winemaking mix.

Our winery is in Kurow, North Otago, and this is where the job is based. A two-hour drive from Central Otago, and 45 minutes from the Otago coast, the Waitaki Valley offers a range of outdoor activities and is a beautiful place to live and work.

Accommodation onsite in a newly renovated and refurbished farmhouse is included as part of the remuneration for this position.

About the Role

The role will involve all aspects of winemaking from grape to glass, including participating in harvesting decisions, blending and bottling wines on our own bottling line, and all winery processes from cleaning drains to dispatching wines from the warehouse. Weekly liaison with the Central Otago-based Winemaker will help to guide the work program, and it will be your responsibility to structure your working week to accommodate the demands of the season.

During harvest you will lead the cellar team and take charge of all aspects of their performance.

About You

Working remotely as part of a larger team, you will need to be a great communicator and very self sufficient. The ability to solve problems, manage the time of yourself and others, and work unsupervised towards deadlines is essential. You will need to be flexible and take on any and all challenges that come your way, and have an open and positive disposition.

The successful candidate will have the following attributes:

  • 4 years winery experience
  • previous experience in an Assistant Winemaker or team leader role
  • confidence operating a forklift
  • proficiency in all common winery and laboratory tasks
  • be computer literate with good working knowledge of word and excel
  • hold a full New Zealand drivers licence
  • be a NZ resident or hold a current NZ work visa

The role is mainly Waitaki based - but may require travel from time to time.

Flexibility around work hours is required, as the role will involve weekend and public holiday work.

Applications close on December 3rd 2020, and should be made to:

Dave Sutton

General Manager

These must be accompanied by a current CV and at least 2 professional references who are willing to be contacted.

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 the Central Otago wine Region, click here.

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