Hard workand a deep appreciation for the land have underpinned Claire Mulholland’s career and life. Raised on a 1,000-hectare farm in Maniototo, Central Otago, Claire recognised the importance of those traits at an early age.
Mentors share their experience and knowledge to guide and support their mentees as they work out which direction they want to go in their career.
With a high number of applications, a careful selection process identified the participants who come from all around New Zealand and work in a wide variety of roles including viticulture, winemaking, general management, marketing, human resources, laboratory work and as business owners.
National Coordinator of Women in Wine New Zealand, Nicky Grandorge, says the mentoring programme, running since 2018 is a positive and empowering initiative.
The six-month programme began at Marlborough's Spy Valley vineyard, with separate workshops for the mentors and mentees.
They were run by Fiona Fenwick, winegrower, coach and author of Stand Out and Step Up.
Constellation Brands is the key sponsor of the programme.
The 2021 Women in Wine NZ mentors are Lynette 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.