Vintage 2023 Lab Staff - Hawkes Bay

Hawke's Bay

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Company: Villa Maria Estate Limited

Type:Fixed Term

Uploaded: 23 September 2022

Closes: 23 December 2022

It’s almost Vintage time at Indevin Group – New Zealand’s largest wine producer and home to the iconic, acclaimed and highly awarded Villa Maria brand.

For the team at the heart of this annual experience, there’s much more to be made in addition to wine. You'll make great friends (it'll feel like family by the end), good money, new skills and incredible memories. That's just a taste of what you can look forward to making when you're part of our vintage crew.

As we gear up for V23, we’re on the hunt for lab staff to build our Vintage team, to provide rapid, accurate real-time analytical support to the wider production team, so we can get our fantastic wines out the door to NZ and international shelves. While FMCG lab experience is a plus, we also have entry-level roles available and provide comprehensive training to the entire vintage lab team.

Laboratory Technicians 

We might be bragging, but our winery lab is industry-leading, with state-of-the-art technology and a proud team who boast proficiency scores in the top percentile in the country. Our lab has it all, and a dedicated, accurate team is at the core of it. Ideally you’ll have some lab experience in a previous workplace, a university lab or a winery – all we need is someone who is as committed and high-performing as the rest of the team. We work under high pressure and tight deadlines during vintage, so you’ll need to thrive in that environment, work well in a team and be physically fit. In this role you will be responsible for grape maturity analysis, sampling and testing ferments, and other analyses consistent with industry best practice. We’ll train you to be the best.  

Berry Analyst 

If you’re as comfortable in your wellies as you are in a lab coat, this is the role for you! Grapes are monitored periodically until harvest to inform how the blocks are tracking and to predict the potential harvest date. The berry analyst is responsible for the preparation and analysis of berry samples.

Typically, the lab team needs support from:

  • Gisborne: Mid- to late January to mid-April
  • Hawkes Bay: Mid- to late January to mid-April
  • Marlborough: Mid-February to end of April

Because of the nature of our business, our vintage dates might change slightly, but we will always keep you up-to-date with the latest information as we get it.

You’ll do a bit of everything during your time with us…and you’re sure to learn and laugh a lot along the way. You can expect excellent variety (in both the work and the types of wine), pressing grapes, cleaning tanks, or handling barrels and the support of a passionate, talented and friendly team, every step of the way.

What else to expect?

  • This is a fast-paced environment and involves a fair amount of manual labour and concentration.
  • Along with a great hourly rate, we have a number of additional benefits to add to your package!
  • You’ll need to be available to work shifts of up to 12 hours at vintage peak... for the early starters, your reward will be the amazing views and sunrises from the top of the tanks.
  • You need to be prepared to undertake a pre-employment medical examination and drug and alcohol test.

If you’re up for a working adventure with one of New Zealand’s best-loved wineries, get in touch today... and if you didn't start with a passion for wine, you might just leave with one.

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: www.immigration.govt.nz
  • For information about New Zealand's Inland Revenue Department (for tax purposes and getting tax numbers etc), visit www.ird.govt.nz
  • For information about the Hawkes Bay 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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