“The Family steps up with our largest single investment in the future of New Zealand wine and its next generation of industry leaders” Family Chair Judy Finn.
It’s a first and it will be the start of a major investment in the New Zealand wine industry.
It’s the Family of Twelve inaugural Wine Tutorial and it kicks off in July this year.
“The tutorial will be an extraordinary and exciting learning opportunity for the twelve successful wine industry candidates. We believe it will be a world class event” says Family Chair Judy Finn.
After a great response we’re thrilled to have confirmed a dynamic, high calibre cohort of candidates including Maciej Zimny, director of Noble Rot Wine Bar in Wellington and Marek Przyborek sommelier at Sky City’s Huami restaurant. The group also includes Australians Andres Aragon Perez, senior head sommelier at the Merivale Group and Lindsay Carr, group sommelier at The Sam Prince Hospitality Group. See Full List Here.
The candidates will be tutored by no less than eight Family winemakers including pinot noir specialists Blair Walter of Felton Road, Helen Masters of Ata Rangi and pre-eminent biodynamic producer James Millton of Millton Vineyards.
Alongside the tutors will be two moderators, both Masters of Wine, Michael Brajkovich MW of Kumeu River and external moderator Emma Jenkins MW.
“We have gathered a very smart library of wines, reflecting some of the best examples from across the globe.
I think many winemakers will be envious of these masterclasses”.
As a long term commitment the Family has boldly invested a significant proportion of our annual budget in bringing the tutorial to life. The tutorial comes at a time when the New Zealand wine industry’s commitment to the development of its professionals and future leaders appears limited.
“We know our kiwi wine business needs both excellence in marketing and distribution. But it also needs our gatekeepers to be valued and encouraged. The tutorial is a way of expressing our gratitude to the work done on the restaurant and wine shop floor. These people are our ambassadors and we hope these tutorials will help develop the skills of those showing potential to take New Zealand wine’s message of diversity and character to the world.”
“As a producer of quality wine, selling at enviable prices New Zealand relies on our future leaders and ambassadors to nourish this momentum in a personal and committed way – congratulations and all the very best to our candidates”
The first tutorial will be held at Craggy Range in Hawke’s Bay.
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