Assistant Vineyard Manager

Central Otago

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Company: AONZ Fine Wine Estates


Uploaded: 20 July 2021

Closes: 20 August 2021

Pyramid Valley is a renowned producer of exceptional Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. We produce wines that breathe of their place. Our Central Otago vineyard – ‘Manata Estate’  is located in the Lowburn Valley just north of Cromwell, and is the original home of the wines of Lowburn Ferry. This 22ha. property has produced some exceptional wines over the last 15 years. New, ultra-high density vineyards of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay have been planted alongside the original plantings of 3.5ha.

We are seeking an Assistant Vineyard Manager to assist in the management of the property. The role will involve all aspects of vineyard activities from hands-on vine work, through to record keeping and planning activities. A high competency with tractors or small machinery is advantageous, as is experience supervising staff.

It is a multi-faceted role and the appointee will work alongside the Estate Manager – our National Viticulture Manager - in all aspects of vineyard development and management including:

  • operating and maintaining all vineyard equipment and machinery,
  • undertaking all hands-on viticultural operations to a very high standard and productivity,
  • supervising all casual staff,
  • maintaining accurate records of vineyard activities,
  • keeping the estate, its buildings and plant and equipment in their best condition
  • host vineyard tours, when requested
  • and anything else that comes with running a high-end biodynamic estate!

With responsibility for the estate when the Estate Manger is away in other regions, this is an excellent career opportunity to hone and demonstrate vineyard management expertise.

We are looking for someone with energy and personality, a real team player willing to put their hand to anything, detail-oriented, a great communicator and listener, high personal standards….and most importantly, a real passion for viticulture and wine. You will learn from exceptional people and you will get a foot in the door to a wine company that is growing and has high ambitions in the fine wine world.

The role is permanent and full-time and is suited to someone with an appropriate tertiary education and someone who has had prior experience working in viticulture/horticulture, and is willing to continue learning.

A detailed job description is available upon request. Remuneration will be based on skills and experience.

If you would like to apply for this role and then please send in your CV and a cover letter.

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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