HARVEST 2019 - Cellar Hands


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Company: Villa Maria Estate


Uploaded: 28 September 2018

Closes: 28 December 2018

Villa Maria is 100% family-owned and is New Zealand’s Most Awarded winery. For the last four consecutive years Villa Maria has been named in the top ten most admired wine brands and number one in New Zealand by Drinks International. At Villa Maria we are as passionate about our people as we are about producing quality wine.

Our Marlborough Winery in Blenheim is Villa Maria NZ’s largest facility, concentrating on Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir. Fruit is sourced from local vineyards and others as further afield as Waipara and Nelson.

We are now seeking candidates to join us in Marlborough for the 2019 Harvest season.  

Duties vary, but may include:

  • Cellar Hands: fruit receival, running presses, filtration, tank rackings, barrel work, plunging and pumping over red ferments, juice and wine additions, loading/receiving tankers, and cleaning.
  • Senior Cellar Hands: assigning and assisting staff with operations, communicating with shift winemakers and area supervisors, and carrying out Cellar Hand duties.

We want to hear from energetic, self-motivated people with a hands-on approach and strong attention to detail. Experience in the wine industry and an interest in wine would be an advantage. For the Senior Cellarhand roles, applicants must have a minimum of 2 vintages’ experience.

The Harvest employment period in Marlborough is early-March to early-May. Shift work will be required and during the peak of vintage working up to 12-hour shifts across 6 days.

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 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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