Vintage Assistant Winemakers - Gisborne


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Company: Indevin Group Limited

Type:Fixed Term

Uploaded: 13 September 2023

Closes: 13 October 2023

About Us

Founded in 2003, Indevin is New Zealand’s leading producer of high-quality wine. Our grapes come from over 3,000 hectares of planted vineyards and blended in our wineries across three of the great New Zealand wine regions - Marlborough, Hawke’s Bay, and Gisborne - giving us a scale and consistency of supply unmatched in New Zealand wine. 

We’re all about authenticity and transparency so rather than bombard you with corporate jargon– here’s the real Indevin:

  • We’re a good ol’ Kiwi company who is proud to be a wine industry leader and we have years of hard work to thank for it.
  • Our business is proudly spearheaded by the Villa Maria Brand.
  • We take our work, but not ourselves, too seriously.
  • We work with people from all over the world because our diversity makes us stronger.

We’re very passionate about what we do. We love wine, sharing our knowledge and making Indevin an inspiring place to work.

Key Responsibilities

As we gear up for Vintage 2024, we’re on the hunt for multiple Vintage Assistant Winemakers to join our vintage team at our Gisborne Winery! 

As a Vintage Assistant Winemaker you will: 

  • Assist our winemaking team in all stages of our harvest winemaking production.   
  • Support winery operations across day or night shifts. 
  • Comply with the relevant legislation, policies and standards on Health and Safety at work, environment, quality and Food Safety (HACCP).   
  • Collaborate with operational teams to execute winery production plans that achieve against Winery Harvest KPI’s.   
  • Contribute to the stylistic direction of the wines with involvement in blending decisions and tasting trials. 
  • Participate in blend, fining and ferment tasting, as required.   
  • Be actively involved in juice and ferment monitoring.   
  • Assist with cross-functional communication with our Winemaking, Lab, and Cellar teams to ensure our quality standards are achieved. 
  • Operate and lead others with a safety-first focus in all tasks and undertakings.   
  • You’ll need to be available to work shifts of up to 12 hours, 6 days a week at vintage peak, for the early starters, your reward will be the amazing views and sunrises from the top of the tanks.  

As a Vintage Assistant Winemaker, you will:  

  • Have at least two vintage experiences. 
  • Have winery specific experience.
  • Ideally will have a winemaking qualification. 
  • Have a strong systems focus, working with our Winemakers and daily planner to assist in developing and updating cellar operations.   
  • 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 Vintage Assistant Winemakers will work from late-January to early-April in Gisborne. 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.   

What else to expect?    

  • We offer $30-35 per hour, offers are based on experience. 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, 6 days per week, at vintage peak   
  • 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!    

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 more information about the Gisborne 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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