Italy beckons for wine exchange student

Italian exchange student Nicola Geronazzo and Marlborough scholarship winner Alexandra Peter at the EIT vineyard and ...
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Italian exchange student Nicola Geronazzo and Marlborough scholarship winner Alexandra Peter at the EIT vineyard and on-campus winery.

A world of wine awaits the winner of a prestigious industry scholarship.

New Zealand Romeo Bragato scholarship winner Alexandra Peter will travel to Europe to learn more about traditional winemaking methods.

The 26-year-old Blenheim woman began her wine career in Marlborough and is looking forward to trying her hand at old world winemaking.

A second-year student studying Bachelor of Wine Science and Bachelor of Viticulture at the Eastern Institute of Technology in Hawke's Bay, Alexandra says she is "excited" about her trip.

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"Being immersed in the Italian culture, learning about the different wine varietals I haven't worked with, and gaining insight into an industry so steeped in tradition compared to New Zealand will be wonderful," she says.

Ahead of her month in Italy, Alexandra will spend some time travelling Europe.

She also got the chance to meet up with fellow Bragato exchange student, Nicola Geronazzo who has been exploring New Zealand's wine regions on his month-long visit.

The pair met up at the Bragato conference dinner in Marlborough at the end of August.

"The New Zealand wines are interesting and different," he says.

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"I have tasted some very, very good wines and met some amazing winemakers."

While Alexandra has travelled abroad and worked in the wine industry within New Zealand as well as in the United States and Australia, her trip to Italy will be her first exposure to a traditional wine region.

She will spend time at the college of Romeo Bragato who played a significant role in the early development of the wine industry in New Zealand.

 - The Marlborough Express

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