Vintage Crew 2023


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Company: Giesen Group

Type:Fixed Term

Uploaded: 29 August 2022

Closes: 29 November 2022

Vintage Crew 2023                                                     

  • Want to work with an Iconic New Zealand Brand and a multi award-winning business?
  • Want to contribute in an outstanding team environment?
  • Want to improve your winemaking experience in one of New Zealand’s most stunning places?

If so, then read on…

Firstly, a bit about us – The Giesen Group is a family-owned and operated producer of internationally-recognised premium New Zealand wine and beer. Established in 1981, the Giesen Brothers are seen as one of the pioneers of the New Zealand wine industry and leaders in producing Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. The Company has grown into a strong brand both domestically and also on the international stage, where they export premium quality wine across the world.

We are now looking for keen and experienced Cellar Hands to join our 2023 Vintage Crew for harvest and we’d love you to join us.

To be successful, you will:

  • Be energetic, motivated and hard-working
  • Exhibit a passion for making wine and the wine industry
  • Be able to problem solve, work under pressure and have strong attention to detail
  • Have experience in the wine industry and worked a vintage or two with prior cellar knowledge
  • Have good English speaking and writing skills
  • Be physically fit and have a great attitude

We have a range of position’s available from Cellar Crew to Vintage Supervisors.

Supervisor positions are available for applicants with 5 + Vintage and leadership skills

We have the following positions to fill for the 2023 Vintage:

  • Varietal receival operators
  • Press and Decanter operators
  • Flotation, racking and RDV operators
  • Premium cellar operators
  • Propagation, inoculation and general cellar tasks

In return, we will:

  • Offer you a competitive remuneration package
  • Provide you an awesome environment and the opportunity to work with a world class team of hardworking passionate people – and of course it’s your chance to have your national flag flying at the winery
  • Provide you with the opportunity to grow your skills and experience, and receive full      in-house training on all vintage SOPs
  • Feed you a delicious vintage meal during 12hrs shifts
  • Provide you with immigration support and on-going pre-vintage communication
  • Provide guidance with sourcing local accommodation
  • Fixed-term contract

The Harvest employment period is typically between February to May. Shift work and night shifts will be required and during the peak of vintage you’ll be working up to 12-hour shifts across 6 days for approx. 3 weeks. Minimum 32 hours a week.

Pay rate: Ranging from $23.50 to $30.00 (depending on experience and allocated position)

Our winery is located at, 26 Bristol Street, Riverland, Blenheim, Marlborough

Vintage Crew positions: 40                                                                      

Supervisor positions: 5

If you are keen to experience a New Zealand Vintage, we’d love to hear from you so please send your CV to

ANZSCO occupation code 831118

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:
  • For information about New Zealand's Inland Revenue Department (for tax purposes and getting tax numbers etc), visit
  • For information about the Marlborough wine region, click here.
  • For general information about New Zealand, click here or here for two helpful websites. 
  • 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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