Assistant Winemaker

Hawke's Bay

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Company: Villa Maria Estate Limited


Uploaded: 19 September 2022

Closes: 19 October 2022

Villa Maria has an exciting opportunity to join the Winemaking team in a permanent role at our Hawke’s Bay winery, located in the famous Gimblett Gravels.

The winery is home to our iconic brands Villa Maria, Esk Valley, Leftfield and Vidal Estate, presenting a unique and engaging opportunity to work closely with a diverse range of wines and our small and dedicated Winemaking team.

We are now seeking an Assistant Winemaker

This is a permanent position based at our Hawkes Bay Winery. Normal operating hours are Monday to Friday and at vintage shift work will be required, working up to 10-hour shifts across 6 days.


  • Work alongside our Winemakers to facilitate all winemaking processes to ensure a high-quality product.
  • Strong systems focus, working with our Winemakers and daily planner to assist in developing and updating cellar ops.
  • Assist with cross-functional communication with our Winemaking, Lab, and Cellar teams to ensure our quality standards are achieved.
  • Be actively involved in juice and ferment monitoring at vintage and sensory analysis of wines throughout the year.
  • Contribute to the stylistic direction of the wines with involvement in blending decisions and tasting trials.

In order to be successful in this position you will need to demonstrate:

  • High attention to detail & drive to produce high quality wines.
  • Experience and a practical knowledge of wine production and systems is essential.
  • Excellent time management and organisational skills with the ability to multi-task and work to multiple deadlines.
  • Flexibility to work shift hours during our grape harvest, including weekends.
  • To be self-motivated, with the ability to work as part of a team, and independently, when required.
  • Bring a sense of humour and passion for winemaking to our team.

To apply, please attach your curriculum vitae and cover letter.

Only applicants with eligibility to work in NZ indefinitely will be considered

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 Hawkes Bay wine region, click here.

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