Cellar Hands - Experienced - Vintage 2024


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Company: Cloudy Bay Vineyards

Type:Fixed Term

Uploaded: 15 August 2023

Closes: 15 November 2023

The Cloudy Bay story is one of adventure. After a single sip in 1983, David Hohnen was captivated by Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. In 1985 David and winemaker Kevin Judd launched Cloudy Bay with a vision for making New Zealand wines of uncompromising quality. It’s been that way ever since.

We are seeking experienced and passionate Cellar Hands to join our team for Vintage 2024!

Around early February 2024, we will begin our harvest season in Marlborough. We offer an engaging season with a comprehensive induction and applied technical training in a modern winemaking environment. You will gain comprehensive, world-standard experience and widen your network of winemaking friends.

Vintage Cellar Hand Role

You will use your outstanding work ethic to perform diverse responsibilities across:

  • Grape receival, processing and pressing
  • Racking and tank transfers
  • Filtration
  • Red and white fermentation management
  • Barrel management

Your hours will be a minimum of 30 hours per week. During the harvest period, you may work shifts up to 12 hours in length, up to 6/7 days per week.


  • At least two vintage season experiences as a Cellar Hand performing grape receiving, racking, transfer and barrel work
  • The ability to lawfully work in New Zealand or obtain the right to lawfully work in New Zealand
  • Solid English language skills
  • Refined & efficient work style and enthusiastic attitude
  • Resilience and a good sense of humor
  • Previous forklift, confined space and health & safety training is desirable


You will receive a competitive rate, staff discount at our cellar door, regular breaks, training and a catered meal for shifts of more than 10 hours.

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 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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