Smith & Sheth 2019 Sommelier Internship New Zealand

Hawke's Bay

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Company: Smith & Sheth

Type:Fixed Term

Uploaded: 03 October 2019

Closes: 03 November 2019

Are you our next Somm of the year?

If you are looking for a chance to broaden your knowledge of New Zealand wine, to work on the same team with a Master of Wine who helped establish one of the most recognized wine brands in New Zealand, and to broaden your understanding of the wine industry at large…

If you are looking to work in both a cellar door and a service setting with a tight-knit CRU who will likely become more family than coworkers…

If you are looking for a way to broaden your skill range, to sharpen your people skills, to put your wine tools to the test…

And if you’re looking for a little slice of adventure, then the 2019-2020 Smith and Sheth Sommelier Internship, is your ticket.

This is a developing program for aspiring/young sommeliers who are looking to broaden their understanding of New Zealand wine, their experience in cellar doors and vineyards, and their abilities in supervisory roles and an evening hospitality setting.

You can learn more about Smith and Sheth here:

But allow us to also explain a bit about our overall company, Aotearoa New Zealand Fine Wine Estates.

Aotearoa New Zealand Fine Wine Estates (AONZ) is based in Hawkes Bay in the north island and is the parent company responsible for a family of three wine brands: Pyramid Valley, Lowburn Ferry and Smith and Sheth CRU (website soon to come). Between these three wine brands, our reach spans both the north and south island of New Zealand, with acclaimed vineyards in Central Otago, North Canterbury, Hawkes Bay and Marlborough. Our aim as a company that represents some of the best vineyards in New Zealand is to share the pleasure, culture and craft of wine.

Each one of our three wine brands is unique and has its own story to tell. Pyramid Valley’s story involves a philosophy of biodynamic winemaking and gently nurturing wines that breathe of the special place from which they come. Lowburn Ferry’s story speaks of the rich history and precious ancient river terrace soils of the Lowburn subregion in Central Otago. Smith and Sheth is our flagship brand, co-founded by Steve Smith. Steve is renowned for establishing Craggy Range Winery and is also one of few qualified Master of Wine's based in NZ. The Smith and Sheth CRU wines represent the uniqueness of people, land, life and being. Made in a négociant-style, the CRU range is made from hand-selecting the best fruit from exceptional vineyards only.

This is an exciting time for us. Not only have we opened our urban cellar door and evening wine lounge in downtown Havelock North, but we have also launched a VIP tasting studio, which delivers a full sensory journey across New Zealand’s wine regions, using wine as the vehicle. These venues allow us to deliver a high-end wine tasting and wine-bar experience and reinforce the fine wine credentials of the AONZ wine brands all in one place.

Ok…so there’s the spiel. Hope we sold you!

This position requires us to find someone with adequate wine qualifications: i.e. WSET 3 or the equivalent ideally.

We are looking for someone who has a valid NZ work visa or the ability to easily obtain a working holiday visa.

We're looking to bring someone on-board around mid-November or early-December. The sommelier part of the role ends mid-May, with the opportunity to visit and work in (if desired) all of our three vineyards after completion.

Please send only serious applications, using the Apply button above. 

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 the Hawkes Bay wine region, click here.

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