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Assistant Winemaker

Company: Askerne
Location: Hawkes Bay
Type: Permanent
Category: Winemaking / Lab / Production

This is a unique opportunity for a self-motivated individual at an award-winning Hawkes Bay winery. 

The role will involve working under the current winemaker over the 2018 vintage, learning the ropes and the wine styles of the winery and its contract clients. A wide variety of wine styles are produced. Over this period the successful applicant will be involved in all aspects of wine production including:

  • Vineyard sampling
  • Lab analysis
  • Record keeping
  • Additions
  • Inoculations
  • Pressing
  • Cleaning
  • Cap management
  • Barrel work

Following vintage, the role will change into a flexible (2-3 day a week), sole charge role, reporting directly to the owners and the contract clients. The successful applicant must have/be:

  • self-motivated 
  • hold a relevant tertiary qualification  
  • have a sound understanding of health and safety 
  • be obsessively clean 
  • driven
  • be well-schooled in basic lab work 
  • be literate with winery software 
  • hold a current NZ driver’s license and forklift licence
  • be experienced in winery compliance 
  • have a minimum of 5 vintages experience
  • have experience in running fining trials 
  • have experience in earth and pad filtration

This is a great opportunity to build on a successful winery/contract business with the added bonus of being flexible and getting the chance to work with some fantastic wines and well established labels and consultants. This is a physical, hands-on role so a good level of fitness is a must. 

Remuneration will be discussed with short-listed candidates. 

Applications close: at 6pm on Friday 9 February 2018.


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Date: 29 Jan

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