After receiving an offer of employment three weeks ago, I quickly sent my visa application to the New Zealand embassy. I'm always in a bit of a rush to get all the formalities taken care of once I find a vintage job (visa, flights, etc.). After hearing my application may be denied last week, I was relieved when I found out today my application was accepted! I'm pretty excited to get back to New Zealand for a handful of reasons.
Second, I'm going to be working at the same place. The facility I have been working with the past two vintages was acquired by the Blenheim facility just recently. After the first couple weeks of training in Blenheim, I'll be returning to Gisborne to help with the bulk of vintage there.
Third, I'm going to be doing a fair bit of traveling. As I mentioned, my job will begin with two weeks in Blenheim. Then, I head to Gisborne for about two months before I return to Blenheim for a month (they have a very short harvest period). I finish off my stay with another month in Gisborne.
Fourth, I'm going to be helping make a large portion of the country's wine in 2011. The two facilities combined intake approximately 14% of New Zealand's total wine grape tonnage (40,000 of 285,000 tonnes). With both facilities producing a broad range of varietals and styles, I will be involved in a pretty good cross section of New Zealand's wine industry.
Fifth, I love New Zealand. The people, the countryside, the wine, the waves. It's a beautiful country and a place that I have happily called home for a significant part of the past two years. I can't wait to catch up with all my friends, have some new experiences, and make some great wine.