Vintage at Whitehaven!

Marlborough

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Company: Whitehaven Wine Company Ltd

Type:Fixed Term

Uploaded: 18 August 2021

Closes: 18 September 2021

Website: whitehaven.co.nz

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. While a medium - large winery, Whitehaven prides itself on operating as a small facility with a traditional approach to our winemaking, centred around respect and attention to detail for every parcel of fruit that arrives, right through to the bottled product. Our broad portfolio of wines is sustainably grown and produced and we are committed to improving all aspects of our social and environmental integrity under the company values of Respect, Integrity and Teamwork.

Located in the scenic heart of Marlborough’s golden mile of winemaking and with a brand new winery receival and press area ready for next year, we are now accepting applications from dynamic and driven individuals wanting to join our small and passionate winemaking team for vintage 2022. At Whitehaven we believe our wines can only be as good as the people making them and pride ourselves on providing a fantastic working and learning environment for all involved!

Harvest starts early-March and runs for 7 weeks, with around 3 weeks of shift work operating 12-hours a day, 6 days per week. While our standard contract lengths are 7 weeks, we have a limited number of contracts available up to 13 weeks duration and alternatively can also cater for those interested in contracts shorter than 7 weeks.

All positions advertised are full-time, fixed term.

Assistant Winemakers

Enterprising, hands-on Assistant Winemakers, with previous vintage experience and a winemaking qualification, we are looking for you! Passion for premium wines, a cooperative attitude, high attention to detail and a willingness to adapt to various tasks in the workplace is essential. Excellent communication and team leadership skills are also required and preference will be shown to those with prior Vintrace and data entry experience. You will have your own transport and be able to work flexible hours and weekends.

Experienced Cellar Hands

Motivated Cellar Hands with a minimum of two seasons vintage 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 these roles.

Cellar Hands

Enthusiastic individuals with one season vintage experience or those with no experience but a keen interest in the wine industry, we are looking for you! Preference will be shown to those with at least one prior vintage and/or forklift experience.

Laboratory Assistant

Enthusiastic individuals with one season’s winery lab experience or those with no experience but a keen interest in the wine industry, we are looking for you! Preference will be shown to those with at least one prior vintage in the lab or other laboratory experience. You will have your own transport and be able to work flexible hours and weekends.

Ideally you will have:

  • A team player attitude with a great sense of humour!
  • At least one prior vintage experience or an interest in the wine industry
  • Sound 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:

vintage@whitehaven.co.nz

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: www.immigration.govt.nz
  • For information about New Zealand's Inland Revenue Department (for tax purposes and getting tax numbers etc), visit www.ird.govt.nz
  • 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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