Senior Cellar Hand (Wine Jobs: Vineyards & Cellars )

Full Time

  Blue Pyrenees Estate

  Avoca, Victoria

Blue Pyrenees Estate is a premium Cool Climate winery situated in the famed Pyrenees region of central western Victoria. With a stated ambition to champion the region and promote premium wines of distinction; we are pleased to announce  our production capabilities are expanding with the appointment of a Senior Cellar Hand.

Reporting to the Winemakers, the Senior Cellar Hand position is responsible for various operations relating to the production of wine, in line with Blue Pyrenees Estate procedures, including general cellar and vintage operations, routine laboratory work, preparing wines for bottling, equipment maintenance, and sensory evaluation.


Who we are looking for:

·       A natural Leader, progressive Manager, someone who gets things done!

·       Someone who recognises the importance of embracing & prioritise Health & Safety.

·       Experience in a similar position and proven reliability in team leader roles.

·       Skilled in operating a broad range of winery equipment and processes at a "trainer" level, ensuring compliance with winery specifications and deadlines.

·       Ability to multitask, work well under pressure, and pay attention to detail.

·       Physical fitness, a positive attitude, and a hands-on approach to lead from the front

·       Self-motivation, energy, and a strong work ethic

·       Strong problem-solving skills and a high level of accuracy in all winery tasks.

·       Confidence and competency in operating forklifts, MEWP equipment, and experience in confined space entries

To succeed in this position, you will need to demonstrate:

·       A minimum of 5 years of experience in the wine, beverage or similar agricultural industry with competency across key winery processes.

·       Previous experience as a team leader or shift supervision roles, including training responsibilities, & capability to communicate effectively with stakeholders.

·       Flexibility to work shifts, including longer hours and weekends during vintage.

·       A desire to actively participate and learn in a team environment.

·       Strong attention to detail and commitment to producing high-quality wines.

·       Initiative and a focus on continuous improvement.

·       Willingness to learn, comply with winery regulations, and uphold health and safety standards.


Specific roles & responsibilities including, but not limited to:

• Crusher and press operation
• Juice and wine transfers and rackings
• Safe and efficient forklift operations
• Cellar cleaning and upkeep
• Filtration of wine and juice
• Tank additions
• Sample collection
• Barrel filling, emptying and washing
• Barrel additions, topping and stirring
• Tank cleaning and sterilisation

• Winery Sanitation
• Handling and recycling of winery wastewater
• Upkeep and maintenance of winery equipment
• Refrigeration/tank temperature monitoring
• Assisting in the warehouse, bottling line, lab and vineyard as required
• Stocktake
• A commitment to vintage tasks as required
• Intake and dispatch of bulk juice and wine


Requirements of role

• Cellar hand Grade 5 or equivalent industry experience.

·       Working knowledge & competency in Organics, Sustainability & HACCP desirable
• All Cellar Hands must hold an Australian License to Perform High Risk Work (Forklift License) & other relevant certifications. (Or ability to gain certification)

Key Performance Indicators
• Maintaining a safe, hygienic, and professional workplace at all times
• Efficiency and adherence to winery safety and operational procedures
• Visual inspection of organisation and cleanliness of winery and dry goods area at any time
• Adherence to winery sustainability measures
• Prioritising wine quality in every operation
• Taking ownership for personal growth and development
• Cellar note completion efficiency and adherence to outlined instructions
• Commitment to minimising workplace incidents
• Commitment to ensure the considered and sparing use of water as measured by the   winery water use statistic
• Upkeep, care and longevity of winery equipment and assets

What's in it for You:

If you're seeking a challenging role that values your contribution and supports your career development, then this is the opportunity for you! We prioritise the well-being, development, and diversity of our team members, and you can expect a supportive and caring work environment. We offer the following benefits:

·       Competitive hourly rate dependent on experience and skills

·       Wine allowance

In return, we provide a great working environment, comprehensive training programs, and opportunities to work alongside a highly dedicated team of passionate individuals in the pursuit of making fantastic wines.The remuneration for this role will be based on experience.

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