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About the company
Bell Hill Vineyard was established by Marcel Giesen and Sherwyn Veldhuizen and is situated at an old lime quarry in the Weka Pass, North Canterbury, New Zealand. This is a unique site with limestone derived soils and north-facing hillside exposures. Marcel and Sherwyn, take a very hands-on, traditional approach, working in the vineyard to coax and nurture the very best possible wine from Bell Hill’s unique soil.
“Bell Hill is the closest thing to a grand cru Burgundian vineyard you’re likely to get in New Zealand. There’s a clarity of purpose and a hell of a lot of hard work that’s gone into getting there. These are serious, and seriously good wines.” Sunday Star Times.
About the Wine
Bell Hill wines are estate grown and include Bell Hill Pinot Noir and Bell Hill Chardonnay - a selective and more structural blend with earthy and complex notes for the Pinot Noir and a great expression of soil minerality as the core for the Chardonnay. These wines are selected from our older parcels and contributed to from our younger parcels as they develop over time.
The Old Weka Pass Road Pinot Noir is from younger vines which give accessibility earlier on but still show the thread of soil influence or it may be from vineyard or winery based experimental ferments. With vine maturity, all blocks have potential to become part of the Bell Hill blends. Single Parcel wines have also become part of Bell Hill’s profile and the Limeworks Chardonnay 2016 is the first release in this phase of our offerings. Methode Traditionelle started in the early years and resumed in 2017 has now become part of our future.
“Bell Hill’s wines are precise, complex, and Burgundian-influenced. They craft small batches of hauntingly beautiful Chardonnay and Pinot Noir with pristine acidity, depth and expression that rival the world’s best. Waikari teeters at the edge of where viticulture is possible. Its altitude, exposure and lime-rich soils amplify all of what makes North Canterbury special, but also all that makes it challenging. “– Wine enthusiast
About the opportunity
Reporting directly to the Owners, the role of the Vineyard Manager is to support and work collaboratively with the owners in the management of day-to-day operations of Bell Hill vineyard. In addition to this, the Vineyard Manager will achieve success through:
To be successful in this role you will be a people-focussed manager and responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Bell Hill Vineyard. As an experienced viticulturist, likely from a family owned or similar sized privately owned vineyard, you must be a passionate believer in the philosophy of wine growing and have hands-on experience in an organic site.
You may be from New Zealand or farther afield and genuinely interested in being part of a multi-cultural, hard-working team of passionate winegrowers.
In recognition of your previous experience, you will be rewarded with a competitive salary, incentives, and opportunity for growth and development in a leading NZ vineyard with high-end viticulture as its core objective to add to your career path.
How to apply
To discover more about Bell Hill visit https://www.bellhill.co.nz
Applications close: Thursday 26th May 2022