There are plenty of wineries around the country and over the March, April, May period each year there is the harvest or vintage as it is called in New Zealand. This means that most wineries will take on extra staff (otherwise known as cellar hands) to help with work in the winery to cope with the processing of the grapes to produce tanks of fermenting wine. Some wineries will require you to have experience while others will happily train you in what you need to know.

We recommend you apply for jobs from as early as late September. You are likely to be successful by applying directly to wineries as it may be a case of first in first serve. You might be able to gain some experience in a winery through help exchange or WWOOFing.

 Resources for finding work:

Contact wineries directly; many wineries will have a careers or employment section on their site.

Pay Scale

$15.25 – $18/hr

In Summary:

Winery work is likely to involve steel cap boots and long hours…not quite as glamorous as sipping a Sauv Blanc in a seaside bar.