Mt Difficulty Harvest 2023

Bannockburn, Central Otago

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Company: Foley Wines Ltd

Type:Fixed Term

Uploaded: 01 September 2022

Closes: 01 December 2022

About Us

Mt Difficulty is Central Otago's leading artisan winegrower with a pioneering heritage based in Bannockburn. We are committed to delivering world-class Pinot Noir that captures the essence of Central Otago. Ethical viticulture and minimal intervention produces wines that express their personality and reflects their home. Whilst we known for Pinot Noir, we also produce Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling, Chenin Blanc and Syrah across our Mt Difficulty, Roaring Meg, Ghost Town and Single Vineyard labels. Our first vineyards were established in 1992 in the Bannockburn grape growing area with our first wines being produced in 1998.

Mt Difficulty 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 next Vintage’s Cellar Hands to commence work in mid/late March.

  • Previous winery experience, and/or wine qualifications would be an advantage, as would a current Forklift licence, but is not essential.
  • Candidates with practical ability, good oral and written communication skills, a team player mentality, and a keen sense of humour will be highly regarded.
  • We have a small, permanent cellar crew, therefore vintage positions would 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.

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 11 hours, 6 days per week.
  • A 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:
  • For information about New Zealand's Inland Revenue Department (for tax purposes and getting tax numbers etc), visit
  • 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.
  • For general information about New Zealand, click here or here for two helpful websites. 

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