‘I get a buzz from be­ing my own boss’

Woman (UK) - - Women Like You -

Sor­cha Hol­loway, 50, lives in Ply­mouth with her hus­band Tim, 60, and their chil­dren Tara, 19, and Daniel, 13.

Ev­ery­one en­joys a glass of wine, but for me, it isn’t just the odd treat – I’ve man­aged to make work­ing with wine my job. At univer­sity I stud­ied medicine and started work­ing as a ju­nior doc­tor when I grad­u­ated. By 2001, I was spe­cial­is­ing as an ob­ste­tri­cian and gy­nae­col­o­gist, and not long af­ter, I met Tim at a work func­tion.

But while I was happy, life was hec­tic. With long shifts, ev­ery­thing re­volved around my ca­reer. I was con­stantly ex­hausted and my mus­cles ached. Then, in Oc­to­ber 2002, I was di­ag­nosed with chronic fa­tigue syn­drome, or ME. I had to give up work – the long hours just put too much of a strain on me – and in 2004 my son Daniel was born.

De­spite hav­ing plenty to do, the truth is, with­out a plan B I felt adrift. That is, un­til we took a trip to Italy in 2007...

Tim and I vis­ited a win­ery to learn about the Tus­can wines. I found it fas­ci­nat­ing and, keen to learn more, over the next few years, I signed up for more and more wine cour­ses. As I did, I started to wonder – maybe I could turn my love of wine into a ca­reer.

I en­joyed trav­el­ling and or­gan­is­ing fam­ily trips – per­haps I could com­bine it all and pro­vide wine tours for groups. It didn’t hap­pen overnight. I did a lot of re­search and needed to make sure I had sav­ings be­hind me. But in 2015, I set up a web­site and got in touch with winer­ies, ho­tels and tour op­er­a­tors.

The fol­low­ing year, I hosted my first tour to Verona with four guests – and while it was hard work, I got such a buzz from it.

Now I’m or­gan­is­ing around five tours a year and I love be­ing my own boss. I’m con­tin­u­ing to grow the busi­ness, which is ex­cit­ing, and am con­stantly vis­it­ing new winer­ies around the world. If you have enough drive and de­ter­mi­na­tion, any­thing is pos­si­ble. ✱ away­with­wine.eu

Sor­cha’s left medicine be­hind and turned her love of wine into a ca­reer

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