Winemaker announces Graduate Program Intake

Pernod Ricard Winemakers has announced its 2018 Graduate Program Intake, a program intended to open up a world of wine to the next generation.

Since 2015, the Pernod Ricard Winemakers’ Graduate Wine Ambassador Program has opened doors for young professionals who are keen to pursue a future in the international wine industry. Over the past three years, the company has placed 25 Graduate Wine Ambassadors in 14 countries, guiding them on a journey to some of the most famous and stunning wine regions in the world.

The program itself is broken up into two stages, each offering the graduates a unique insight into the world of wine, and the Pernod Ricard Winemakers’ portfolio. Once selected for the program, participants are invited to undertake a four-month training program that sees them introduced to all aspects of wine, including tasting and viticulture, and to have the opportunity to visit wineries and vineyards across Australia, New Zealand, Spain and the USA. To ensure that the business is supporting leaders of the future, graduates are also mentored in business and professional skills, receiving training in finance, marketing, consumer insights and business development to prepare them for a multitude of roles across then business.

“Through this program, graduates are provided with the opportunity to focus their natural talents and passion for wine while securing a strong development career path in the second largest wine and spirits organisation in the world.” says Alicia Partridge, Pernod Ricard Winemakers Graduate Program Manager.

“Our Winemakers and team are proud to be sharing our knowledge, instilling a love of wine and winemaking, and to also be attracting young talent to our diverse industry. Our Graduate Wine Ambassadors are advocates for wine right across the world.”

Following the initial introduction to the Pernod Ricard Winemakers business and its wine labels, graduates then progress to the next phase of the program, commencing their in-market placement. Completed over a two-year period, this stage of the program provides the graduate with a holistic view of Pernod Ricard Winemakers’ global operations, establish opportunities for continued learning and development opportunities, as well as providing the graduates a personal introduction to the global Pernod Ricard Winemakers family.