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Law graduate Georgia Mehlhopt had been an emergency communicator, but hiking the Camino de Santiago trail in Spain sent her on a new career path. These days, Georgia is working as a Viticultural Technician for Accolade Wines but will start a Cellar Hand role for vintage at Greystone in March. “I’m very torn between the vineyard and winery, I love both aspects of it.”
Marketing Manager | te Pa Family Vineyards | Marlborough
Mikela grew up in Auckland wanting to be a professional dancer, before deciding to study Communications Studies and getting hooked on Public Relations and the art of storytelling. After working at an Auckland based PR agency and working closely with te Pā, she packed her bags, moved to Blenheim, and joined the team as their Marketing Manager in 2016.
Assistant Winemaker & Vineyard Supervisor | Obsidian Wines | Waiheke Island, Auckland
Courtney grew up in Auckland, and initially studied engineering at university like both her father and older brother had. After working a few years in the engineering industry, Courtney had as she calls it a ‘quarter-life crisis. This 'crisis' prompted her to join the wine industry, and she hasn’t looked back since.
“As soon as I entered this industry, I felt like I belonged,” says Holly West, after she started working weekends at the Matua cellar door during her final year of high school. “I always knew that I wasn’t going to get a corporate or desk job, I wanted a job with purpose that I was passionate about.”
Despite growing up among the wine industry, Arabella studied fine arts, having decided that following her passions would steer her in the right direction. Her degree has given her many advantages in her role as brand manager at Astrolabe, including vineyard photography and designing the company’s labels.
When Ash Linklater left school at 16 to become an apprentice, his mates considered him “a drop out” and continued their route to university. Fourteen years later he’s running a successful business, owns his own house and truck, and loves every day of work.
On 6 November three of the country’s finest young winemakers will compete for the title of Tonnellerie de Mercurey Young Winemaker of the Year, having already won their regional finals. In the lead up to the National Final at EIT in Hawke’s Bay, we ask Ben, Ben and Peter what they love about the industry