Vintage 2024 Cellar Crew


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Company: Saint Clair Family Estate Wines Marlborough

Type:Fixed Term

Uploaded: 05 September 2023

Closes: 05 December 2023

Saint Clair Family Estate is proud to be a family-owned winery located in the heart of Marlborough. One of the early pioneering grape growers in the region, Saint Clair has grown to become one of Marlborough’s largest family wineries and one of New Zealand’s fastest-growing wine brands.

We’re a fun and inclusive team that's committed to celebrating the diversity of our workforce and valuing the contribution everyone makes, as we work together to produce award-winning wines that are recognised and enjoyed all over the world.    

Vintage 2024 is on the way and we’re looking for experienced and enthusiastic Cellar Hands to join the Saint Clair crew!

You’ll be based at our winery in Riverlands, just outside Blenheim and will work alongside our awesome permanent Cellar Hands and Winemakers. The roles will start in February 2024 and will run through until the end of harvest, typically late-April.

Applicants need the energy and flexibility to work shift hours, including 12-hour shifts across 6 days, during the peak harvest period. Day or night shifts available.

Experienced Vintage Cellar Hands

You’ll be a motivated team player with a strong work ethic, excellent attention to detail and a solid understanding of cellar operations built over two or more vintages (or one previous vintage at Saint Clair).

Your skills and experience in a variety of winery work from grape receival through to finished wine production will all be put to good use.

There is also a number of Supervisor positions available for experienced applicants with excellent communication and leadership skills.

Vintage Cellar Hands

While previous experience is awesome, we will also consider applicants with a keen interest in the wine industry who are wanting to try something new. You’ll need to be physically fit, with good English language skills, a sense of humour and a can-do attitude.

Experienced Laboratory Technicians

You’ll need a solid understanding of harvest laboratory operations built over 2 or more vintages, together with strong computer literacy skills, attention to detail and the ability to multi-task. A wine science qualification would be advantageous.

The role will be varied, involving all types of laboratory work including carrying out all harvest lab duties including sampling, grape maturation testing, fermentation monitoring, and other analysis as required.

You’ll also be required to cover the Lab Supervisor’s shift one day per week. This will include supervising one other lab tech, managing the daily workload, working with data in Vintrace software, and communicating with the winemaking team.

What we’re offering:

  • Competitive pay rates $26-$30 per hour depending on experience
  • A fixed-term contract with a minimum of 30 hours per week
  • Meals and snacks whilst working 12-hour shifts
  • Support with finding accommodation
  • Shared transport to and from the winery
  • Staff discounts on wine and dining at our cellar door restaurant
  • A welcome gift pack, including Saint Clair merchandise, wine and other treats
  • Social events including a big Harvest celebration to finish off the season
  • A supportive work environment with opportunities to learn and grow your skills and experience – and make new friends for life! 

Previous forklift experience and confined space training is desirable, but not essential. All successful applicants will receive full in-house training for their role.

If this sounds like you, come and join the Saint Clair 2024 Vintage team!

Please apply via the button above or send your application, including a CV to

For International applicants, please include information about your work visa status.

Only people eligible to work in this country should apply for this position. Please provide evidence of your work visa or citizenship.

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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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