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2021 Women in Wine NZ Mentoring Programme – helping women flourish


The 2021 Women in Wine NZ Mentoring Programme is underway as eleven women mentors working in the New Zealand wine industry have volunteered to share their experiences and knowledge to mentor eleven other women in the industry.  Over the next six months, the mentors will guide and support their mentees as they work out which direction they want to take next in their career.  They will help them set goals, plan how to reach them and encourage them to confidently follow their passion and dreams within the industry.

The programme, as always, was over subscribed with a high number of applications, indicating there are many ambitious women working in the New Zealand wine industry looking to stretch themselves and reach their full potential.   Following a careful selection process, the eleven matches were made.  The women come from all around New Zealand and work in a wide variety of roles within the industry, highlighting the various career options available.  These roles include viticulture, winemaking, general management, marketing, HR, laboratory work and business owners.

The programme began at the end of June with separate workshops for the mentors and mentees before their matches were revealed.  These were run by Fiona Fenwick, winegrower, coach and author of Stand Out and Step Up.  They were held at Spy Valley Vineyard in Marlborough. 

2021 Women in Wine NZ Mentors

All the mentors and mentees were excited about meeting their respective mentee or mentor and begin working together over the next six months. 

“Connect, inform, change is Women in Wine NZ’s motto” says Nicky Grandorge, Leadership & Communities Manager at New Zealand Winegrowers and National Co-Ordinator of Women in Wine NZ.  “Our initiatives address at least one of these, but the strength of the mentoring programme is that it encapsulates all three.  It’s a very positive and empowering programme.”

The 2021 Women in Wine NZ mentors are Lynnette Hudson from Tongue in Groove, Jenny Dobson from Jenny Dobson Wines, Julie Bassett from Constellation Brands, Tiffani Graydon from Yealands, Erica Crawford from Loveblock, Julia O’Connell from The Booster Wine Group, Lesley Boon from Pernod Ricard, Anna Remond from Delegats, Karin Schoch from Kina Beach, Kerry Stainton-Herbert from Stewart Town Vineyard and Tracy Taylor from Accolade Wines.  Their time, experience and passion is very much valued and appreciated.

Constellation Brands is the key sponsor of the programme and their support is also very much appreciated.

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I have been writing a regular wine column for The Nelson Mail newspaper since 2000.

Unfortunately the column space is not big enough to include my thoughts on all of the many wines I taste. Hopefully this blog will fix that. It also gives me somewhere to archive the many columns I write. I will also include some favourite recipes from my dearly beloved who loves cooking and of course because wine and food simply go together. I will also point you in the direction of upcoming events and websites I think are great. Enjoy, Neil

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