Vintage Assistant Winemaker


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Company: Villa Maria Estate Limited


Uploaded: 20 October 2022

Closes: 20 January 2023

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 our V23 Assistant Winemakers to join our Winemaking teams, to get all the grapes in and processed into wine so we can get it out the door to NZ and international shelves.

As a Vintage Assistant Winemaker, you will:

  • Have experience working in a large scale winery during vintage
  • 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
  • Have a strong systems focus, working with our Winemakers and daily planner to assist in developing and updating cellar operations
  • Contribute to the stylistic direction of the wines with involvement in blending decisions and tasting trials
  • Be available to commit to the timeframe
  • Be a sound problem solver with the ability to do so under pressure
  • Be physically fit, reliable and a team player
  • Have safety at the forefront, living our Safety by Choice, not by Chance value

Typically, our vintages run from:

  • Marlborough: Late-February to mid-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.

Working a winery vintage is not an easy task - we work long hours, and it’s an extremely fast-paced environment. Everyone needs to stay on task, on time and work together – that’s where your leadership skills come in. We’re looking for someone who can get the best out of their team and motivate them to achieve. If you have strong communication skills, are great at building motivation and love a challenge.

What else to expect?

  • This is a fast-paced environment and involves a fair amount of manual labour and concentration.
  • You’ll need to be available to work shifts of up to 12 hours at vintage peak and a minimum of a 30 hour week...for the early starters, your reward will be the amazing views and sunrises from the top of the tanks.
  • You need to be prepared (if required) 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:
  • 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.
  • 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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