Escarpment Vineyard Vintage Camp 2015


Entries to the Escarpment Vineyard Vintage Camp are now open for the 2015 year. This competition is open to aspiring hospitality sector professionals who wish to expand their knowledge of wine and how it’s made.

“The wine industry needs to get behind ambitious hospitality sector professionals to encourage a greater understanding of wine production,” says Escarpment Director Larry McKenna. “For too long, many food menus and wine lists have not related to each other. With a greater understanding of how wine is made, its complexities, challenges and subtilizes we can expect more imaginative exciting wine & food menus.”

The winner of last year’s competition was “Jarred Svedlund, from the French Cafe in Auckland.” He had the pleasure to experience first-hand “a week in the life of a working winery during the most stimulating time of the year when grapes are harvested and wines are created”. He will be traveling back for Toast Martinborough and to help Escarpment with initial blending options from barrel samples of the 2014 vintage he helped to shape.

This is a unique opportunity to be part of the Escarpment wine making team over a 7-10 day period during the crucial month of April 2015. With the ability to experience all aspects of the Escarpment Vineyard harvest including grape sampling and testing, harvesting, fruit processing, fermentation, pressing and barrelling. The winner will also be an integral part of the vintage team enjoying full on days, great food and wine evenings, with the company of an enthusiastic team of dedicated vintage experts who normally handle the harvest.

The competition is now open and Escarpment Vineyard are now accepting entry submissions via their website https://escarpment.co.nz/

Entries close on 31st December 2014, and the winner will be announced to the public on 14th January 2015.

“This is an exciting initiative which all bourgeoning sommeliers, chefs and maître de should explore,” says Larry McKenna of Escarpment Vineyard.

The Competition Details are below:

Do you wish to expand your wine knowledge?

Escarpment Vineyard and Vintners NZ are offering the opportunity to join their vintage team during the annual grape harvest in 2015.

Open to aspiring hospitality sector professionals who wish to expand their knowledge of wine and how it’s made.

You will be part of our wine making team over a 7-10 day period during the crucial month of April. Experience all aspects of harvest including grape sampling and testing, harvesting, fruit processing, fermentation, pressing and barrelling. You will be an integral part of our vintage team enjoying long, full on days, great food and wine evenings and an enthusiastic team of dedicated vintage experts who normally handle our harvest.

In association with Vintners NZ you will be flown to Martinborough, provided with suitable accommodation and enjoy hearty vintage meals and dedicated wine tastings. Once the vintages wines are partly barrel aged (November/December) you will be invited back to help with the initial blending of each lot and discover what you achieved earlier in the year

If you are an aspiring sommelier, chef or hospitality frontrunner please go to our web site www.escarpment.co.nz/vintage-camp for more information on how to apply. The opportunity is open to only one person each year so we ask you to briefly tell us about your background and aspirations with wine.

Entries close 31st December 2014, so get in quick! The winner will be drawn and notified on the 14th January. Good luck to all and make sure you submit your entry as soon as possible. For more information contact info@escarpment.co.nz or call 06 306 8305.

For more information on the above, contact:
Larry McKenna,
Escarpment Vineyard Winemaker and Director
Email: larry@escarpment.co.nz
Phone: 06 306 8305

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