The Delegat Group is a leading global wine company and New Zealand’s number one wine exporter. The group is seeking a high-calibre Head Winemaker to lead a dedicated, talented winemaking team across three state-of-the-art winery sites – Auckland, Marlborough and Hawke’s Bay. This is a rare opportunity to take on one of the world’s most significant winemaking roles, with the flexibility to be based in any of these three locations.
Established in 1947 when Vidosava and Nikola Delegat – as new immigrants from Croatia – planted a vineyard near Auckland, one of the next milestones was the first Oyster Bay plantings in 1988. Today, the group is one of the largest in New Zealand and on track to exceed 3 million cases of global wine sales. As an industry leader, the group has an uncompromising drive for wine quality, value, team safety, environmental custodianship and is one of the founding members of Sustainable Winegrowing, New ZealandTM.
Today, the wines are enjoyed across the world and with the control and focus of dedicated sales teams, the portfolio has great reach across the UK and Ireland, the USA, Canada, Australia, China and New Zealand.
Reporting to the Group Technical Manager [Viticulture & Winemaking] the Head Winemaker will be responsible for the continued success of the Oyster Bay and Delegat portfolios, plus leading and mentoring the winemaking team to refine style and keep driving quality. This is a complex, technically demanding role encompassing red, white and sparkling styles, requiring proven viticultural acumen, plus experience with trade, media, industry bodies and growers.
An attractive remuneration package, commensurate with experience, is available to the successful candidate.
A detailed position description can be seen here: PD: Head Winemaker