Vintage Cellar Hand


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Company: The Coterie

Type:Fixed Term

Uploaded: 02 September 2022

Closes: 02 October 2022

Innovative, Collaborative, Marlborough

The Coterie is a small batch, Organic, family-owned winery based in Marlborough, that provides premium contract winemaking. Making wine for a number of top producers in a range of wine styles gives you the ability to learn from some top winemakers.

We are looking for intelligent, energetic, self-motivated Cellar Hands and a Laboratory Technician, with a hands-on approach and strong attention to detail, to join our committed and highly-motivated team.

We have the following roles available for the 2023 vintage:

  • Vintage Cellar Hands
  • Vintage Laboratory Technician/Cellar Hand

Previous Winery experience and/or industry qualification are essential, and holding a valid forklift licence would be an advantage. Successful applicants will be exposed to all facets of the winemaking process, and enjoy all the benefits that come with working in a small, dedicated and fun team.

The contract will be from early-mid March and be 6-8 weeks, depending on harvest conditions. As expected, long vintage hours are required, but we will provide you with a hot meal and sweet treats from our vintage chef. Which adds to the great working environment.

The possibility of a post vintage role of up to two months is available for the right candidate, to assist us with all post vintage activities, including blending and cleaning.

We are looking for people who:

  • Having at least two vintages experience is prefered
  • Are self-motivated and able to work both on their own and as part of a team
  • Are practical, proactive and use initiative
  • Show a passion for wine and attention to detail
  • Are well-organised, have good time management skills
  • Have good communication and English language skills
  • Hold a current forklift licence (or forklift experience)
  • Have a good sense of humour
  • Have a good level of fitness
  • Have great taste in music

Please only apply if you are eligible to work in New Zealand, or are obtaining a valid work visa through May 2023.

If this sounds like the role for you, please apply via the button above.

Applications close on October 2nd 2022.


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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