Assistant Winemaker

Bannockburn, Central Otago

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Company: Terra Sancta

Type:Permanent

Uploaded: 11 January 2022

Closes: 02 February 2022

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:  

https://www.therealreview.com/2021/11/16/terra-sanctas-star-pinots/

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

Largely based at our winery in Bannockburn, Central Otago, you will work across wine, craft beer and spirits - with the inclusion of vineyard activities in our Bannockburn vineyards at times throughout the year.

Your role will be to:

  • Assist in the production of all wine including cellar operations, as required

  • Maintain a tidy, functional and well-presented work environment in line with OHS requirements

  • Provide up to date record keeping

  • Topping and stirring of wine during maturation 

  • Assist in all of the laboratory technical analysis during the winemaking process, grape intake and wine maturation

  • Maintenance of winery equipment

  • Assist with bottling including setup, operation and clean down

  • Lead craft beer production (Killarabbit Double IPA) if this is an interest

  • Produce the Botanical Aperitivo

  • Assist in vineyard operations throughout the growing season

  • Irrigation maintenance and operations, as required

Experience:

  • 2 – 5 years experience in associated areas

  • Highly developed organisational skills

  • Strong work ethic and a high level of self-motivation

  • Flexibility with work hours

  • Tertiary education in winemaking, viticulture or allied industry

  • Positive and committed attitude

  • Current Forklift Licence

Please provide both a covering letter and a CV with your application.

Applications close 2 February 2022.

Only people eligible to work in this country should apply for this position. Please provide evidence of your work visa or citizenship.

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