Sem­i­nar un­corks vini­cul­ture jobs

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS -

Wine is one of Cen­tral Otago’s most im­por­tant in­dus­tries and peo­ple in­ter­ested in mak­ing it their ca­reer have a chance to learn all about it.

As part of the 2015 Otago Ca­reers Fes­ti­val, the Cen­tral Otago Wine­grow­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion, with the sup­port of the Otago Polytech­nic, is host­ing a sem­i­nar called In­tro­duc­ing the Wine In­dus­try.

As­so­ci­a­tion ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Natalie Wil­son said the first part of the three-hour ses­sion will in­clude an over­view of the Cen­tral Otago wine in­dus­try, in­clud­ing job prospects, by Robin Dicey, along with pre­sen­ta­tions from wine­maker Jen Parr, from Valli, viti­cul­tur­ist Nick Paulin, from Pere­grine Wines and an over­view of the Otago Polytech­nic viti­cul­ture course by lec­turer Alex Huf­fa­dine.

Uni­ver­sity of Otago rep­re­sen­ta­tive Dr Damien Mather and Glen Creasy, from Lin­coln, will also be there to talk about the cour­ses they of­fer.

The sec­ond part of the ses­sion will in­clude a tour of a vine­yard and win­ery by Dicey to see the dif­fer­ent roles in ac­tion.

All Cen­tral Otago sec­ondary schools have been in­vited and any­one un­em­ployed or look­ing for a ca­reer change is also wel­come.

Cromwell man Greg Wilkin­son at­tended the in­au­gu­ral sem­i­nar two years ago af­ter giv­ing up his 20-year ca­reer in the in­sur­ance in­dus­try for a change in di­rec­tion.

While he was ini­tially un­sure if the wine in­dus­try was for him, af­ter at­tend­ing the sem­i­nar and hear­ing a broad over­view of the in­dus­try, he felt there was a place for him.

Since then, he has worked in sev­eral ar­eas of the in­dus­try, in­clud­ing pick­ing grapes, do­ing other vine­yard work, work­ing in the cel­lar door at Mt Dif­fi­culty, and now work­ing as the re­gional sales manager for Mt Dif­fi­culty.

He urged any­one who was think­ing about en­ter­ing the in­dus­try or was cu­ri­ous about it, to at­tend.

Mt Dif­fi­culty re­gional sales manager Greg Wilkin­son hold­ing a tast­ing in the cel­lar door.

Mt Dif­fi­culty’s Pipeclay Ter­race vine­yard.

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