Calling all women working with wine – applications are now open to mentors and mentees for the country’s second ever Women in Wine NZ Mentoring Programme.

Pictured above: The mentors in the inaugural 2018 Women in Wine Mentoring Programme.

The Women in Wine NZ Mentoring Programme launched last year and is currently on the hunt for both mentees and mentors. Its aim is to match a mentee with a mentor in each of New Zealand’s nine wine regions.

The programme is gaining positive support from both mentors and mentees following the inaugural programme, launched in 2018. Jane Hunter of Hunter’s Wines in Marlborough was a mentor last year, who said she found last year’s programme extremely uplifting and motivating.

This year’s intake, like last year’s inaugural group, will include one mentor matched to one mentee from each the country’s nine wine regions.

The idea is to provide a structured platform on which to share information, experience and education by cross pollinating women from different areas of the wine industry to learn. Numbers of mentors and mentees in each region are anticipated to grow in future years and the fledgling programme is gaining positive support from the wine industry.

All applicants must be members of New Zealand Winegrowers, but intake criteria could widen in future. The programme may also potentially broaden to include both genders, in years to come.

Applications close on 10 February 2019 and the programme is supported by New Zealand Winegrowers, which is the official wine industry governing body.