Wine scholarship about growing relationships
A wine professional from the United Kingdom has arrived in Marlborough on a scholarship that aims to bring the two countries' wine industries closer.
Emma Clark, who has 12 years' experience working in the UK wine trade, found out she was the recipient of the Wine Marlborough-John Avery-NZ-UK Link Foundation Fellowship last year.
Since then she has been counting down the months until arriving in Marlborough.
"It's my first time in New Zealand," she says.
During the three-week trip, Emma will have a busy schedule, visiting two or three wineries per day, as well as taking sightseeing expeditions around the region.
Back in Britain Emma worked for one of the leading wine distributors, Enotria, where she held the role of brand manager for new world wines.
This experience means she is aware of the problems and advantages new world producers, including Marlborough wineries, face in the UK market.
As part of the scholarship, Emma will be working with New Zealand Winegrowers on her return to the UK, to help New Zealand companies build their profile there.
Emma now runs her own business, Quaffology, exclusively aimed at new world producers, so the contacts she makes in Marlborough will be invaluable, she says.
She is only the second person to come to Marlborough for the scholarship, which was set up in 2010.
- The Marlborough Express