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Viticulture Services Manager
South Island, NZ
Permanent Full Time

Since our beginnings in 1994, Wither Hills has been home to a small team of committed winemakers who bring their passion to every wine from one vintage to the next. Taking our name from the landmark Wither Hills range that borders our vineyards, our philosophy is founded on the belief that the finest wines are always created from exceptional vineyards, representing their sense of place.


The Role

Get the best of both worlds in this newly created role which combines managing our technical programme with being the relationship manager for our growers –

  • Manage the company technical program including environmental reporting, soil tests, fertiliser programme, pest & disease management
  • Yield forecasting and fruit supply management
  • Ensure resource consent requirements are met
  • Collaborate with industry partners to drive innovation across vineyard tasks and management
  • Lead and develop a Technical Assistant who will report directly to you
  • Visit our growers in the Wairau and Awatere Valleys to enhance and nurture strong relationships
  • Support growers with information and advice throughout the year
  • Develop and implement strategy and focused improvement projects
  • Liaise with leaders across the business to drive team alignment and understanding of our Strategy


About You

  • Hands on technical experience within the wine industry
  • Knowledge of vineyard nutrition
  • Relationship management skills, passion for engaging with our growers
  • Qualification in viticulture, horticulture or agriculture (preferred, not essential)


On Offer

  • Flexible hours + WFH flexibility
  • Excellent career opportunities – 60% of our hires at Lion are internal
  • Join a close knit, passionate, high performing team
  • Leadership who will give you the tools and autonomy you need to thrive
  • Step into an innovative, exciting and dynamic beverage landscape
  • Join a market leader in beverages in NZ and Australia
  • Help drive a culture of best practice and improving future performance


Lion is home to some of New Zealand's most iconic and beloved beverage brands, from Wither Hills through to Lindauer, Daniel Le Brun, Steinlager, Mac's, Little Creatures, Speight’s, Zeffer and many more.


At Lion, we choose to be a leader in driving inclusion, diversity, and gender parity. We have an ambitious goal to reach at least 40% representation of both men and women in all teams in all areas of the business. Are you hesitating to apply because you don't think you meet all the criteria? If you believe you are aligned with our values at Lion, we'd encourage you to still click on that apply button so we can explore your unique skill set and the value you could add to one of our teams.