Research Assistant Winemaker (Wine Jobs: Vineyards & Cellars )

Full Time

  Bragato Research Institute

  Marlborough, Marlborough

Help us push the boundaries of New Zealand winemaking!

We have a newly-created position for a skilled Assistant Winemaker in our world-leading Research Winery.

Bragato Research Institute drives world-leading innovation for the New Zealand wine industry – from blue sky research through to the practical application of science in our vineyards, wineries, and supply chain. We are a wholly-owned subsidiary of New Zealand Winegrowers, the national industry body for grape growers and wineries, and provide all of their research.

Our state-of-the-art Research Winery opened in February 2020 on the NMIT campus in Blenheim. From here, we partner with industry and other research organisations to set the national research agenda, trial world-first technologies, conduct commercial trials, and connect educators and students to science and industry.

The BRI research winery, while operating under commercial standards, is like no other.  Making wine in our facility – which has over 240 individual small-scale wine tanks – is a unique experience and will keep you on your toes. Come join our team, using your skills to push the boundaries of what’s possible in New Zealand winemaking.

Position overview

As second-in-charge for the Research Winery, the Assistant Winemaker exhibits a high level of technical winemaking skill and is responsible, with the support of the Research Winery Manager, for most of the day-to-day winery operations including, but not limited to, managing cellar and laboratory staff, ferment management, overseeing winery logistics and equipment, and ensuring the safe and compliant operation of the winery.

The Assistant Winemaker will actively contribute to the development and delivery of the BRI Research Winery research programme and to the achievement of its commercial initiatives.

Qualifications and/or experience:

  • Postgraduate (MSc) degree in Oenology/Wine Science is preferable
  • 5+ years’ experience in winery operations
  • Comprehensive understanding of winemaking activities
  • Knowledge and experience in undertaking research activities
  • Experience training and managing vintage staff
  • Excellent computer skills
  • High level of competence in technical writing and interpretation of data
  • Extensive understanding and capability to oversee health and safety responsibilities and winery compliance requirements 


  • Strong leadership skills
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Ability to build and maintain strong relationships
  • Desire to work independently
  • Able to work under pressure, and within set timeframes

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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