2024 Vintage Crew - Lab & Cellar Positions

Hawke's Bay

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Company: Links Winery Ltd

Type:Fixed Term

Uploaded: 14 September 2023

Closes: 14 October 2023

Links Winery is beginning the first stages of recruitment for Harvest 2024!

We are looking for hard-working, team players to join us in the Laboratory and the Cellar for the upcoming harvest season, beginning in February.

Several positions are available, ranging from entry-level Laboratory Technician, Cellar Hands, to Shift Supervisors with a few previous harvests under their belt.


  • At least three vintages experience or one vintage experience in a similar size winery in New Zealand/Australia.
  • Experience operating usual cellar equipment (Presses, RDV, Floatation)
  • You will have solid leadership and training skills and the ability to communicate effectively.
  • Previous experience in a vintage supervisory role would be an advantage.

Lab Technician

We are looking for two lab technicians to join our team for the upcoming harvest season, beginning early-February.

Our Lab Technicians work closely with the winemaking team and are responsible for accurate and timely analysis of samples throughout the winemaking process.

As a Lab Technician you will be involved with:

  • vineyard sampling,
  • juice and wine analysis,
  • fermentation monitoring,
  • quality assurance,
  • trials and more.

We are looking for organised, team players with attention to detail and great communication skills.

Previous Lab experience is desirable; however, we are happy to provide full training for the right person.

Cellar Hands

We are seeking:

  • People with skills, training, and experience in the wine industry
  • People with no previous winery experience, but interested in the wine industry and keen to learn

Thorough training will be provided to ensure your confidence and safety in working in this exciting, fun, and fast-paced environment. You just need to bring your eager attitude!

About Us

We are a family-owned, medium-sized contract winery (4000T process) based in Hawke’s Bay. The winery was established in 2008 and is still owned and operated by the founding family. Our friendly, multi-national production team brings winemaking expertise from around the world. We strongly value diversity and inclusion of both, our fellow Kiwis and our overseas friends.

The Region

Often referred to as “Wine Country,” Hawke’s Bay is New Zealand’s oldest wine region. We are lucky to have sunny days, fertile soils, and a warm climate. If wine-tasting is your thing, the region holds 76 wineries and 38 cellar doors, so the toughest decision you will have to make is where to start. On top of boasting a desirable wine culture, Hawke’s Bay also has a growing culinary scene and hosts many food/wine/music events starting in the summer and carrying through until the end of the harvest season.

The Job

The job commences in February with 8-hour shifts, 5 days a week. Since the start date depends on the nature of the season, we don’t have an exact date now, but we will definitely be in contact with you once you are hired.

The winery operates 24/7 during the peak of harvest season. You can expect to work a 10-12-hour shift, 6-7 days per week, with scheduled days off. Luckily, we have an energetic and optimistic team, and their goal is to make your experience as fun, educational and enjoyable as possible.

We will kick off Vintage 2024 with a welcome BBQ and end the season with a well-deserved party. Harvest Meals and weekly treats are provided during the longer shifts to keep the team energised. We also like to share beers, wines, and laughs once the shift has finished.

If this sounds like something you’re interested in, please apply now!

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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