Vintage Assistant Winemaker


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Company: Grove Mill


Uploaded: 07 January 2022

Closes: 08 February 2022

We’ve been making wine with as much thought for our environment as wine excellence, for over 30 years. We’re carrying our enduring legacy of sustainability into the future - We’re here for good.

  • Winery powered with the help of solar energy.
  • Nurtured Wetlands Programme.
  • Locally bottled using recycled NZ glass bottles.
  • Labels made from sugarcane, a natural, highly-renewable and sustainably-sourced material.

Grove Mill Winery is part of Foley Wines - a collection of iconic New Zealand wineries and brands from New Zealand’s most-acclaimed wine regions. Each with a unique story of New Zealand wine to tell. Our wineries are linked by a common unrelenting purpose; to make great wine that people love to drink around the world – made by land & hand. 

We are proud custodians of the Martinborough Vineyard, Te Kairanga, Grove Mill, Vavasour and Mt Difficulty wineries, and world-recognised brands such as Roaring Meg, Russian Jack, Dashwood, and Te Tera.

This is where you come into the picture…

We are looking for a Vintage Assistant Winemaker.

  • Previous cellar experience (minimum of four harvests) in a similar-sized winery, with at least one harvest in a vintage assistant winemaking role. A wine qualification is required, and a current Forklift licence would be adventageous.
  • Experience with EZY Wine is preferred, but not essential.
  • Candidates must currently be in New Zealand to apply for this role and must be fluent in English.
  • Candidates with practical ability, stong written communication skills, a team player mentality, and a keen sense of humour, will be highly regarded.
  • We have a small, extremely capable permanent cellar crew, vintage positions would therefore ideally suit candidates with a passionate interest in wine, who work well under pressure, are able to multi-task and can carry out their duties in a timely and efficient manner.
  • This position will start in mid February 2022.

What do we provide?

Aside from the unique opportunity to work with one of New Zealand’s most revered wine companies, you will experience harvest with a great team of winemakers and viticulturists.

  • Over harvest shifts are typically 12 hours, 6 days per week.
  • A hot meal is provided each shift during the vintage intake period.

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.
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