With export values expected to increase to $2 billion by 2020, wine will be one of New Zealand's top five export earners.

Careers information

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What do they do?

Cellarhands process picked grapes and ensure wine production is high quality and ready for bottling. They work alongside the winemaker who manages and monitors all stages of the winemaking process.

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A typical day

Typically, an eight-hour day or shift work.

During the vintage from February to April, they evaluate grape quality, operate crushers and pressers, and manage the first stage of wine processing. During the rest of the year they filter, operate cross flows, control chemical additions and work with the winemakers to ensure the blend of the wine meets specification.

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     Sound like you?

Study areas
Helpful experience
Preferred work environments
  • English
  • Maths or Accounting or Economics
  • Food or Nutrition
  • Physical Education or Health


  •  Confident communicator
  • Good literacy and numeracy
  • Good initiative/'can do' attitude
  • Good work habits/time management
  •  Customer service or helping people
  • Working with machinery
  • Working with computers
  • Inside (workshop or plant)
  • Outside
  • Different places from time to time

Career pathway

SchoolEntry level jobsAdvancing jobs Senior jobs
  • There are no minimum entry requirements
  • Cellarhand
    • Cellar Master/Cellar Supervisor
    • Specialist Technical Advisor
    • Winemaker
    • Production Manager
  • Teacher/Tutor
  • Business Manager
  • Business Owner
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