Vintage 2022 Cellar Hands


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Company: Saint Clair Family Estate Wines Marlborough

Type:Fixed Term

Uploaded: 07 September 2021

Closes: 23 December 2021

Saint Clair is proud to be a family-owned winery located in the heart of Marlborough. Our quality wines are internationally-recognised, and it is a real team effort to produce and distribute these wines throughout the world. 

We are looking for experienced and passionate people to join our team for the 2022 vintage. These roles are based at our winery in Marlborough, starting late-February/early-March and working through until the conclusion of harvest, typically late-April. There may be an opportunity for some further vineyard work after this period. 

Applicants must have the flexibility to work shift hours, including 12-hour days, 6 days per week during the peak harvest period. Meals will be provided whilst working 12-hour shifts. 

Experienced Cellar Hands         

Our ideal candidate will have at least 2 vintages of cellar experience (or 1 vintage at Saint Clair). They will be a motivated team player with a strong work ethic and a solid understanding of all cellar operations. A relevant tertiary qualification would also be an advantage. 

The role will be varied and may involve carrying out all types of winery work including: 

  • Cleaning and sanitation 

  • Grape receival, processing and pressing 

  • Management of red and white fermentations 

  • Filtration 

  • Barrel management 

  • Finished wine production 

Candidates who express an interest in supervising and display strong communication and leadership skills, may have the opportunity to assist with training and overseeing a small cellar team. 

Experienced Lab Technicians 

This role will involve conducting routine analysis on juice and wine samples, as well as data entry using Vintrace and Excel. Candidates will need to possess strong computer literacy skills, attention to detail and an ability to multi-task. Preference will be shown to those with prior laboratory experience and/or a qualification in wine science. 

Entry Level Cellar Hands            

While some industry experience is preferred, we will consider applicants that demonstrate a keen interest and willingness to learn. We are looking for people with sound English language skills, both verbal and written, as well as a good level of physical fitness. 

Previous forklift experience and confined space training would be an advantage; however, all successful applicants will receive full in-house training for their role. 

We at Saint Clair are a diverse and interactive cellar and winemaking team with a wealth of knowledge that we enjoy sharing. Our vineyards span the Marlborough and Hawkes Bay wine regions offering over 14 varietals to gain experience from. Great food, wine and social activities are just as important as our work ethic in the winery. Ask anyone that has worked for us, they'll tell you! 

So, if this sounds like you, come along and join us for the ride! 

Please apply via the button above or send applications, including a CV to Joanne:

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:
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  • 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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