Otago Winemaker/Business Manager (Wine Jobs: Vineyards & Cellars )


  Brennan Wines

  Queenstown, Southland

Brennan Wines is the producer of limited quantities of iconic, aged wines that truly represent the potential of the exceptional wine region of Gibbston Valley in Otago, New Zealand.  

We are currently looking for a self-driven and talented individual to lead our team in a contracted management role. Reporting to the Company Directors, this role will be based in Gibbston Valley, Otago. This opportunity is for 6 months, with a very competitive remuneration package on offer. The Directors will consider contract renewal to meet the future needs of the business.

This is a great opportunity for someone looking to take that next step in their winemaking career and requires good business acumen. Ideally, you are an excellent communicator and possess a sound understanding of brand impact, consumer preference, trade best practice and the wider industry. Given the timeframe, you will be able to get up to speed very quickly to meet the demands of the business.

What will you be doing?

The successful candidate will be responsible for the management of the winemaking business from growers’ contracts, fruit selection, to production and bottling. You will work closely with our staff and distributors to ensure the finished product meets all quality metrics and brand requirements to ensure an excellent reception in domestic and international trade.


  • Build and maintain relationships with viticulture operators
  • Host and attend trade events/master classes - including internal staff education
  • Oversee and manage staff members
  • Engage the local community to the benefit of the brand (influencers and writers)
  • Produce wine to the high standard required
  • Contribute to the on-going management of the vineyard
  • Provide marketing team with brand/varietal insight

The Ideal Candidate:

  • Tertiary qualification in oenology 
  • Minimum 5 years’ winemaking experience
  • Strong communication, stakeholder management and negotiation skills
  • Highly motivated and self-driven attitude
  • Previous people management experience is important and preferred
  • Ability to work within a team environment
  • Possess a “sleeves up - can do attitude”

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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