Assistant Winemaker - Mt Difficulty

Central Otago

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Company: Foley Wines Ltd


Uploaded: 10 May 2024

Closes: 31 May 2024

Mt Difficulty is one of Central Otago’s most well-known and respected wine brands. Founded in 1998, it has produced exemplary Pinot Noir and aromatic white wines from its winery in Bannockburn under its eponymous label, as well as the Roaring Meg brand. Sourcing fruit from some of the region’s original plantings, Mt Difficulty is a storied wine company with a desire to produce iconic Central Otago wines.

Mt Difficulty is part of the Foley Wines Group, a collection of distinguished New Zealand wineries and brands from New Zealand’s most acclaimed wine regions. Each with a unique story of New Zealand wine to tell. Our wineries are linked by a common unrelenting purpose; to make great wine that people love to drink around the world – made by land & hand. 

We are proud custodians of the Martinborough Vineyard, Te Kairanga, Grove Mill, Vavasour and Mt Difficulty wineries, and world-recognised brands such as Roaring Meg, Russian Jack, Dashwood, Te Tera and Goldwater.

A unique opportunity is available for a passionate and dedicated person to join our small winery team at Mt Difficulty as the Assistant Winemaker. This is a fantastic chance to further your career in a premium, quality-focussed winery, contributing at every step from harvest to bottling while learning from the experienced team around you. Reporting to the Mt Difficulty Chief Winemaker, this hands-on role will require the ability to be flexible and adapt to change, as well as providing leadership in the cellar throughout the year.

The successful applicant will have:

  • A high level of experience in high-end, quality focussed wineries, throughout a calendar year
  • Tertiary qualification in Oenology (or similar)
  • Winery laboratory experience
  • Previous winemaking experience advantageous
  • Experience in leading a team
  • Excellent communication skills
  • The ability to think outside the square and adapt to change
  • Great attention to detail

If this sounds like you, please send in a CV and cover letter using the link by 31 May 2024.

This is a permanent position and not suitable for Working Holiday visa holders. All applicants for this role must be able to work in New Zealand and not require sponsorship.

The Company has a Drug and Alcohol Policy and employment will be subject to the successful completion of a Pre-Employment Drug Test.

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 the Central Otago wine Region, click here.

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