Vintage Cellar Hands - 2022

Central Otago

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Company: Amisfield

Type:Fixed Term

Uploaded: 03 October 2021

Closes: 04 December 2021

We are now recruiting for our 2022 vintage crew.

Located 10 minutes from Cromwell and set against the backdrop of the majestic Pisa mountain range, Amisfield is the largest single estate vineyard in Central Otago.

We recently completed the 5 year process of converting all of our vines to organic viticulture and were named as Organic Vineyard of the Year 2020 as part of that process. Our simple philosophy is to nurture nature at every step and our hands-off approach means that our process takes time, with our wines yielding exceptional purity, intensity and vibrancy.

But don't just ake it from us, here is what the critics have to say!

Bob Campbell MW

  • Amisfield Fume Blanc 2019 - 95 pts
  • Amisfield Sauvignon Blanc 2020 - 95 pts
  • Amisfield Pinot Noir 2019 - 95 pts
  • Amisfield Breakneck Reserve Pinot Noir 2019 - 95 pts

 Cameron Douglas MS

  • Amisfield Pinot Noir 2019 - 95 pts
  • Amisfield Breakneck Reserve Pinot Noir 2019 - 94 pts

Wine Spectator USA

  • Pinot Noir Central Otago Breakneck Reserve 2018 - 94 pts
  • Pinot Noir Central Otago 2018 - 93 pts
  • Sauvignon Blanc Central Otago 2020 - 93 pts

Working as a Vintage Cellar Hand, you will assist with the day-to-day winery cellar operations during our harvest period to help ensure that winemaking runs smoothly and efficiently.

In order to do this, you will ideally have experience of at least 3 previous vintages within reputable wineries, preferably working with Pinot Noir and aromatic whites. You will also be fit and healthy and have a great positive attitude.

Duration of the position is 9-10 weeks starting from late-Feb/early-March 2022. Peak Harvest hours are one shift, 6 days per week.

What you get

A great team to work with in a beautiful work environment, good pay, yummy lunches, exposure to a number of aspects of the winemaking process and opportunities to improve your wine knowledge!

And if you are keen to work in the vineyard prior to starting in the winery, then let us know as we can offer you this opportunity with our team.  

All applicants must be eligible to work in New Zealand and be available within the country to commence at the start date.

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 Central Otago 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.
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