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Cellar Hands - Vintage 2018


Company: Cloudy Bay Vineyards
Location: Marlborough
Type: Fixed Term
Category: Harvest / Vintage

Cloudy Bay Vineyards not only captures the essence of Marlborough but also embodies New Zealand's luxury to the world. The luxury of space and time, of intimate moments and nature’s rarest qualities. At Cloudy Bay, we are passionate about creating wines which express our regional and national character, through the Cloudy Bay lens.

The vintage season is here!

Around late February 2018, we will begin our harvest season and have a number of positions available for experienced and passionate Cellar Hands. 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.

The Cellar Hand role

During the harvest period, you may work shifts up to 12 hours in length, 6 days per week. You will receive a competitive rate, regular breaks, training and a daily catered meal. 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

In order for your application to be considered, you must have:

  • Previous vintage season experience as a Cellar Hand (1-3 past vintages preferred) performing grape receiving, racking, transfer and barrel work
  • Ability to meet New Zealand work VISA requirements
  • Solid English language skill
  • Refined & efficient work style and enthusiastic attitude
  • Resilience and a good sense of humor
  • Previous forklift, confined space and health & safety training is desirable

We hope to make offers for all positions throughout November, and have all employment & travel arrangements confirmed by December.


Apply on advertiser's website

Date: 19 Sep

To find out more about this company, visit the website: www.cloudybay.co.nz/

Only people eligible to work in this country may apply for this position. Please provide evidence (photocopy) 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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