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Company: Terra Sancta


Uploaded: 31 December 2021

Closes: 02 February 2022


We seek an ambitious, talented Winemaker to produce exceptional wines from our superb vineyards in Bannockburn, Central Otago.

About Us

Terra Sancta is an end-to-end wine producer, with a unique farming system, which includes no-till organic farming and the use of animals (baby doll sheep and chickens), our own winery on our Felton Road estate vineyard, and our own in-house bottling line, ensuring only the highest quality estate bottling. Terra Sancta also owns its own wine distribution business, CoLab Wine Merchants, ensuring the highest quality distribution and placement for our wines. 

Our Wines (and other products)

Consistently ranked amongst the top of New Zealand wine producers, Terra Sancta has New Zealand's only “Super Classic” Rosé (Michael Copper) and has two “Classic” Pinot Noirs (Slapjack Block and Jackson's Block). Our Pinot Noris are regarded as amongst New Zealand's finest. Bob Campbell recently said it better than we could:

Terra Sancta also makes New Zealand's only wine based Aperitivo, based on locally-foraged ingredients. 

Our Vines

Home of the first vines planted in Bannockburn, Terra Sancta has four Bannockburn vineyards totalling 33 hectares of planted vines. 80% of the vines planted are Pinot Noir, with one hectare of Chardonnay, 1.8 hectares of Pinot Gris and 0.5 hectares of Riesling. Terra Sancta also has small plantings of Lagrein, Dolcetto and Barbera, making a unique red wine, "The Italian”. 

The Role

Reporting directly to the business owner, the Winemaker will have full operational and hands-on responsibility for the wine program and all aspects of production. As a key member of the team, the Winemaker will also be a brand ambassador and be active in the market promoting the brand and the wines. 


  • Experience in premium commercial wine production for a minimum of 5 years
  • Strong understanding and hands-on approach to the winemaking process and techniques
  • Experience with Pinot Noir and cool climate varietals preferred
  • Experienced in the market, selling and promoting wine and/or a willingness to be a committed brand ambassador and get amongst the trade
  • Strong experience in production, bottling lines, managing dry goods and packaging

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Highly organised
  • Strong communicator - both verbal (wine dinners, customer tastings) and written (tasting notes and content creation)
  • Bachelor of Science/applied science (oenology, wine science, chemistry, or related)
  • Excellent palate
  • Strong work ethic and positive attitude
  • Self-starter, proactive problem-solver, able to work in a small, motivated team

An attractive remuneration package, will be offered to the successful applicant, commensurate with experience and commitment.  

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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