Production Assistant/Cellarhand (Wine Jobs: Vineyards & Cellars )

Full Time

  Hattingley Valley Wines Ltd (

  Hattingley Valley Wines Ltd, Lower Wield, Hampshire SO24 9AJ, England


Working with the Production Manager you will assist with the running of the daily operations in the warehouse and production cellar for all wines. This will include daily maintenance and cleaning of the machines, assisting with the riddling and disgorging schedules, labelling and packaging of finished goods for Hattingley Valley and our clients. All with a focus on quality management, safety and efficiency. It requires careful maintenance and monitoring of both wine stock and dry goods for numerous product lines.

The most technical part of the sparkling winemaking process, utilising semi-automated lines imported from the Champagne region of France, we understand there will be a need for training and time to get the right candidate comfortable with the disgorging process. We feel it is more important to recruit for attitude and aptitude, offering on the job training for the specialist aspects. This is an ideal role for someone who wishes to gain a full understanding of the whole sparkling wine process and wants to get involved with the burgeoning domestic wine production industry.

There will also be the opportunity to work in the winery cellar, particularly at peak times such as harvest and bottling as well as assisting with logistics, events, tastings, and tours for the public and trade.



Essential Skills



·         Enthusiasm to learn about the whole winemaking process with particular focus on the final finishing processes

·         A practical aptitude for problem solving and attention to detail is essential

·         Numerate and literate – confident in ability to understand what is required and record key data during the production process

·         Perform scheduled and day to day maintenance and quality checks on all production lines

·         Ability to work under pressure at times

·         A flexible approach to both working hours and duties during critical times such as harvest and bottling is essential

·         Confidence on a forklift will be essential and having or being prepared to undergo training for obtaining a licence is a pre-requisite –  telehandler licence an advantage

·         Ability to work within a team

·         Preparedness to interact with consumers and trade visitors at tours and events, on occasion

·         Must be able to lift 25kgs

·         Must be able to stand for long periods and climb ladders, and work in often cold and wet conditions, sometimes outside in all weathers

·         Driving licence and own transport essential due to rural location


Salary: Commensurate with experience, within the range £17,000 to £19,000. Training is offered where necessary to do the job, additional professional development offered after one year of service is completed satisfactorily.
Hours: 37.5 hours Monday to Friday 8.30 to 4.30 (30 minutes for lunch) – with additional hours as required at harvest and bottling
Benefits: Company pension scheme, 25 days paid holiday plus all Public Holidays, staff wine allowance and discounts, opportunities to taste a variety of wines both English and from elsewhere

How To Apply

Please send your application to the Production Manager, Alastair Goddard: [email protected] or alternatively post to: Hattingley Valley Wines Ltd, Wield Yard, Lower Wield, Alresford, SO24 9AJ

T: +44 (0)1256 389188 | E: [email protected] | W: Registered in England No. 07311421

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