Assistant Winemaker


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Company: Jackson Estate


Uploaded: 06 December 2018

Closes: 08 January 2019

Assistant Winemaker

Responsible to: Head Winemaker 

Hours of Employment: Generally, 40hrs/week but as Vintage and season dictates.

Jackson Estate is one of Marlborough's oldest, family-owned wine companies and we are now looking for a skilled individual to join our small team in the newly created position of Assistant Winemaker. 
Based out of our 2-year old custom built Pinot Noir winery, you will be a someone who is wanting to be involved in helping make hand-crafted fine wines, be open minded, up for a challenge and wants to work for a company that is forward-thinking. 
You will already have extensive winery experience and in this role will be involved in all aspects of fine wine production, from vineyard through to post bottling logistics.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • To be responsible for the basic day-to-day operations of the winery cellar, and all laboratory analysis
  • To be responsible for areas of domestic and export associated logistics and data entry

Duties include:


  • Planning of wine production with the Head Winemaker
  • Management of cellar work programs and their implementation, with daily work schedules communicated efficiently and effectively
  • Management and practice for all company and client laboratory analysis
  • Implement and manage routine cellar practices working to planned time frames, including barrels racking schedule and associated work
  • During vintage, manage permanent and casual cellar staff, including their training and development and carry out cellar work as required
  • Ensure contract winemaking is carried out to specification
  • Maintain the Cellar, Dispatching and S.O.P Manuals, which specify required procedures and ensure they are being followed
  • Maintain the servicing of all winery equipment in conjunction with a planned maintenance programme and relevant contractors
  • Maintenance of the winery waste water system
  • Maintenance of cellar hygiene and ordering of cellar dry goods and their record keeping


  • Production logistics up to bottling and packing of wine stock
  • To be responsible for the correct in-market information on all packaging
  • Help facilitate logistics and ordering, as required


  • To be responsible for the compliance of SWNZ, HACCP, OSH, WSMP, Export audit requirements and Council Consents.
  • To participate in weekly planning/scheduling meeting for vineyard, winery, logistics
  • Conduct company tastings and hosting duties for Domestic and International clients as required
  • Light duty domestic travel and market support


Only people eligible to work in this country should apply for this position. Please provide evidence of your work visa or citizenship.

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