Cellar Hand

Careers information

What do they do?

Cellar Hand (also called cellar operators) process picked grapes and ensure wine production is high quality and ready for bottling. Also, they assist in the winemaking process at all stages within the winery, including record keeping, equipment maintenance and cellar hygiene. Cellar Hands work alongside the winemaker (who manages and monitors all stages of the winemaking process) and are supervised by Cellar Supervisors (also called Cellar Masters) or the Winemaker.

Typical day 

Typically, an 8 hour day or shift work. During the vintage (February-April) they evaluate the grape quality when it arrives, operate crashers, presses and manage the first stage of wine processing. During the rest of the year they filter, operate cross flows, control chemical additions and work with the winemakers to ensure the blend of the wine meets specification.

Does this sound like you?

Study areas

• English or Media Studies or History

• Maths or Accounting or Economics 

• Food or Nutrition 

• Physical Education or Health


• Confident communicator

• Good literacy & numeracy

• Good initiative/ ‘can do’ attitude

• Good work habits/time management

Helpful experience

• Customer service or helping people

• Working with machinery

• Working with computers

Preferred work environments

• Inside (workshop or plant)

• Outside

• Different place from time to time

How much could I earn?

Icn Money

Newly Qualified

$45k - $80k

Career Pathway

School Entry level jobs Advancing jobs Senior jobs

There are no minimum entry requirements

Cellar Hand

Cellar Master/Cellar Supervisor

Specialist Technical Advisor


Production Manager


Business Manager

Business Owner

Unit/Achievement standards in schools Traineeship Higher learning Higher learning

What do we offer?

  • We partner with industry associations and members of your industry to help recruit and build talented employees. This support includes promoting careers in your industry, identifying potential learners, and encouraging work placements.
  • We also ensure your industry’s qualifications continue to meet needs, support industry events like conferences and regularly celebrate your learners’ success.
  • When apprentices enrol, we assign them a Competenz account manager. Our account managers understand the wine industry and the skills learners and businesses need.