Vintage Cellar Hands - Vavasour


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Company: Foley Wines Ltd

Type:Fixed Term

Uploaded: 02 August 2019

Closes: 02 November 2019


Vavasour Winery

Harvest Vacancies

About Us

Vavasour is the founding winery of Marlborough’s most extreme appellation - the Awatere Valley. Internationally-recognised for producing wines of extraordinary elegance, perfume and texture, Vavasour Sauvignon Blanc was awarded Platinum Best in Show at the Decanter World Wine Awards in 2018.

Foley Wines is a collection of iconic New Zealand wineries and brands from New Zealand’s most acclaimed wine regions. Our wineries are linked by a common unrelenting purpose - to make great wine that people love to drink around the world.

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.

We are currently recruiting for the following positions for our Vavasour Winery:

Vintage Cellar Hands

Vintage Lab Technician                                

Vavasour is a medium-sized winery, crushing approximately 3,000 tonnes. We are producers of premium, cool climate styles wines including, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir. 

Previous winery experience (minimum one harvest), in a similar-sized winery preferred, wine qualifications would be an advantage, as would a current Forklift licence, but is not essential.

Candidates with practical ability, good oral and written communication skills, a team player mentality, and a keen sense of humour will be highly regarded.

These positions will commence early-March, with peak Harvest shifts typically being 12 hours, 6 days per week. A hot meal is provided each shift during the vintage intake period.

We have a small, extremely capable permanent cellar crew, vintage positions would therefore ideally suit candidates with a passionate interest in wine, who work well under pressure, are able to multi-task, and can carry out their duties in a timely and efficient manner.

We can give some support with Visa Applications and help with sourcing accommodation.

These positions provide a unique opportunity to work with one of New Zealand’s most revered wine companies.

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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  • 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.
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