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Name: Hermann Seifried Currently: Winemaker of Seifried Estate (right) Website: www.seifried.co.nz Questions: Please, tell us about how you got into wine, the wine industry and how your career developed? Hermann studied Obstbau at Silberberg in the Steiermark as a teenager. He enjoyed the grape aspects of this course so went onto to study viticulture and…

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Name: Rita Ferreira Marques Currently: Oenologist of Conceito Website: www.conceito.com.pt/index.php Questions: Please, tell us about how you got into wine, the wine industry and how your career developed? I started by studying mechanical engineering, but was quickly fed up with my studies, so decided to take on winemaking. Already in mind was my family heritage,…

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Name: Nick Haselgrove Currently: Winemaker & Managing Director Website: http://www.haselgrovevignerons.com Questions: Please, tell us about how you got into wine, the wine industry and how your career developed? I am a 3rd generation winemaker. My grandfather, Ron Haselgrove OBE was one of the modern day industry’s great innovators at Mildara Winery and had a huge…

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Name: Matt Day Currently: Winemaker of Klein Constantia Website: www.kleinconstantia.com Questions: Please, tell us about how you got into wine, the wine industry and how your career developed? The two main factors that developed my love for wine were my Grandfather and a bottle of Rustenberg John X Merriman. My Grandfather taught all things great…

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Name: Larry McKenna Currently: Winemaker at Escarpment Website: www.escarpment.co.nz Questions: Please, tell us about how you got into wine, the wine industry and how your career developed? I developed an interest in Agriculture from a very early age. My father had a wine cellar and wine was always the beverage of choice at family occasions…

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Name: Philipp Wittmann Currently: Winemaker at Weingut Wittmann Website: www.weingutwittmann.de Qustions: Please, tell us about how you got into wine, the wine industry and how your career developed? I’m growing up in a wine family, so the path into the business was always set. What is your philosophy to making wine and viticulture? I believe…

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Name: Luke O’Cuinneagain Currently: Winemaker of Glenelly Estate Website: www.glenellyestate.com/home.html Questions: Please, tell us about how you got into wine, the wine industry and how your career developed? It was my brother who introduced me to the world of wine and started my interest. When I finished High School I was actually heading off to…

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Name: Nicolas Frauer Currently: Winemaker at Weingut Juliusspital Website: www.juliusspital.de/weingut Questions: Please, tell us about how you got into wine, the wine industry and how your career developed? I was infected by the wine virus during a language trip to Avignon at the age of 16. In the following years I read a lot about…

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Name: Ben Riggs Currently: Director at McLaren Vintners Pty Ltd Website: www.mrriggs.com.au, www.mclarenvintners.com.au Questions: Please, tell us about how you got into wine, the wine industry and how your career developed? Well I’m not entirely sure but at about 13 or 14 I decided that’s what I wanted to do I think driven by my…

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Name: Philipp Grassl Currently: Winemaker at Weingut Philipp Grassl Website: www.weingut-grassl.com Questions: Please, tell us about how you got into wine, the wine industry and how your career developed? I was born into a long tradition wine-family, the winery existed as a mixed farm for almost 3 centuries, but wine always had a big importance…

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