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Well done Rylee!

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Pleased to bring you this article from Stuff.co.nz about our wonderful Rylee:

Marlborough lab technician and cellar hand Rylee Funk is the first person to graduate with a national qualification designed to upskill workers in the Kiwi wine industry. 24-year-old Funk worked at Lawson’s Dry Hills in Blenheim and recently completed the New Zealand Certificate in Cellar Operations Level 3, a qualification designed by Competenz to form a career pathway for cellar staff. Originally from Canada, Funk was travelling New Zealand when she landed a temporary job at Lawson’s during the harvest. A few harvests later with some travel in between, she took up a permanent position in the winery.

How did you decide to get into the wine industry?
I worked my first harvest at Lawson’s Dry Hills in 2015 then I came back 2016 and never left! So it was all bit accidental – I never thought I’d end up in the wine industry!

What is your favourite aspect of working in a winery?
Tank cleaning and bottling. Just kidding. Tasting and harvest.

What motivated you to go after the qualification? What is the value of it to you?
Seemed a pretty easy option to learn on the job and turned out to really further my knowledge particularly around H&S and compliance.

Do you have a favourite wine or a wine pairing?
Burleigh Pork Belly Pie with the Lawson’s Pioneer Gewurztraminer! Or a good Chardonnay.

What was the most difficult part of the studies?
As a Canadian learning about New Zealand’s wine history, it was all new to me!

Will you continue studying cellar operations, or are you aiming for a winemaker role?
I’m certainly thinking about Level 4 but I’m also looking at other study options.

Well done Rylee!


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Gold Medal & Trophy Winner

We’re delighted that our Reserve Chardonnay was awarded a Gold medal and the Marlborough Chardonnay Trophy at the recent 2023 International Wine Challenge (IWC).

Now in its 39th year, the IWC is accepted as the world’s most rigorous, impartial and influential annual wine competition.

Well done team!