Twenty-one-year-old Andrew Jeffries has won an internship at Giesen Wines, as part of the company’s inaugural Graduate Programme that aims to develop the next generation of winemakers and viticulturist.
A third generation viticulturist, Blenheim-born Jeffries has obtained his Bachelor’s degree in viticulture and oenology at Lincoln University, before starting to work at Giesen’s premium organic vineyards in Marlborough. The successful graduate will now get the opportunity to travel to Burgundy, France, where the company has an estate, and will also visit the sales team in the UK, Australia and US.
“It’s a great chance for me to learn about all the different aspects of the business, so that I have a far more rounded background,” Jeffries said.
Despite his young age, his experience has helped him to stand out among the applicants.
“We are keen to help young people into the industry and we’re delighted to be able to help Andrew gain a greater insight and provide him with comprehensive experience in viticulture, winemaking and sales and marketing across multiple markets,” said Rhyan Wardman, Giesen’s general manager Marlborough.