Vintage Cellar Hand (Wine Jobs: Vineyards & Cellars )

Full Time

  Defined Wine Ltd (

  Canterbury, England

Defined Wine Ltd


Vintage Cellar Hands


Defined Wine Ltd is seeking Cellar Hands for the 2024 harvest. Defined Wine Ltd has been set up as a contract-only winery, with no vines or brands of its own. Its focus is therefore solely on supporting clients, whether they be small growers who want a full “crate to case” service, or larger clients who want any part of this: pressing, winemaking, bottling, riddling and disgorging or labelling. We are based at Highland Court Farm, near Canterbury, Kent (CT4 5HL).

Given the broad spectrum of our clients and their very different requirements, this is an exciting opportunity to be involved in making a wide range of still and sparkling wines. The Cellar Hands will report to the Operations Winemaker and/or Vintage Winemaker.

Dates and hours

Dates: Start of September to late November (accommodation within driving distance of the winery is provided for this period).

Hours: Forty hours per week outside harvest, up to 70 hours per week during the peak of harvest (roughly a four-week period from middle of September to middle of October).

Tasks will include:

-   Grape receival and processing, both with a forklift truck and by hand 

-   Inoculation, enrichment and other relevant additions

-   Racking and transfers of juice / wine

-   Ferment monitoring

-   Conduct sampling of wines as advised by winemakers

-   Cap management including pump-overs / punch-downs

-   Barrel handling

-   Bin / tank / press / barrel sanitation

-   Maintaining cleanliness throughout the winery at all times

-   Maintaining accurate records of all winery work

-   Maintaining a safe work environment at all times and actively participating in WHS policy and procedures

Candidates must have:

-   Previous winery experience (minimum one harvest)

-   Clear English communication both written and verbal

-   The ability to work well in a small team

-   Eligibility to work in the UK

-   The ability to lift up to 20kg

-   Good literacy and numeracy skills with an eye for detail

-   The understanding that shifts could last up to 12 hours in the peak of harvest and may include a nightshift


In addition, candidates should ideally have:

-   Certification and experience in forklift driving

-   Lab experience

-   Own transport


Competitive salary, reflective of previous experience.

For further details and to apply for the post, please email: [email protected]

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