Assistant Winemaker (Wine Jobs: Vineyards & Cellars )

Full Time

  AFC Longview Ltd

  Whangarei, Auckland/Northland

About us

As a landmark estate of Northland. Longview Estate Wines was established by the Vuletich family in 1969. They pioneered winegrowing in Whangarei and Longview is Northland's oldest established vineyard. Situated under two hours’ drive from Auckland and one hour’s drive from the Bay of Islands, the vineyard is in a prime position with commanding view of the Whangarei Harbour. Over the years, Longview Estate wines have won many awards and accolades. The wines have all been produced and grown on the estate includes their flagship product - White Diamond. The winery has expanded dramatically over the last few years and is now fully equipped using traditional winemaking techniques together with modern technology. 

Our people and brands are what set us apart from the competition, to carry out our vision of creating brands worth reaching for.

About the Role

Now we are looking for an assistant winemaker to join our excellent winemaking team. The right candidate needs to have base knowledge on the winemaking industry. 

This role incorporates in assist winemaking and managing grapes quality. The duties will include all aspects of assist in developing, planning, and managing the day-to-day winery operations.  

Pay rate:  based on experience

Duties and Responsibilities

Overall assist in supervising all day to day running of the winery. 

Duties include:

  • Assist in supervising all day-to-day cellar operations, including harvest, sanitation, cellar organization and bottling. 
  •  Supervise casual worker in grape receiving, crushing, pressing and wine production operations during harvest.
  • Provide winemaking technical support to the Winemaker and production staff.
  •  Examine grape samples to assess ripeness, sugar, and acid content.
  •  Undertake tests to identify the chemical composition and reactive properties of juice and wine
  • Participate in wine tasting at all stages throughout the winemaking process and be responsible for conducting evaluation and recommendation of treatments.
  • Maintaining a clean tasting area in the laboratory. 
  • Assist the winemaker to blend wine and juice according to formula and knowledge of winemaking techniques.
  •  Assist the winemaker to develop quality control procedures and safety standards for the manufacture of wine and juice products.
  •  Examine wine quality before packaging by inspecting, taking samples, and adjusting treatment conditions   
  •  Creating cellar work orders and coordinating cellar work and workflow out to the cellar. 
  • Maintaining wine equipment in cellar to ensure effective operation.             
  • Maintain accurate wine tracking. 
  • Ensuring appropriate records are kept for all winemaking operations in accordance with current legislation and industry practices. 
  •  Ensuring appropriate inwards and outwards grape, bulk juice and bulk wine records are maintained in accordance with current legislation and industry practice. 
  • Perform monthly stock take and reconciliation.
  • Advising on maintenance of vineyard and winery during off-season.
  • Managing inventory levels of supplies and materials required for the wine production.
  • Perform monthly stocktake and reconciliation.
  • Organizing wine bottling, labelling, packaging, storing and delivery.
  • Participate in winery tours and tastings with visitors as required.
  • Working with sales team to develop wine products based on the previous sales.
  • Provide information required for account department.
  • Other ad hoc matter based on required basis.

About You

  • Tertiary Qualification in Winemaking or bachelor’s in science
  • Well organized and detailed in work
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Good palate and passion for wine.
  • Team player

Longview Estate recently received scam report regards to the job vacancy. The company never ask for any forms of payment to secure employment. Please report to the police if you've been asked to pay or purchase goods for employment.

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