Hollydene Estate Wines' Emma Williams using viticulture TAFE course to reinvent skills

FINE WINES: Emma Williams (left) has been learning in reverse after the Hollydene Estate business manager recently jointed a viticulture TAFE course.
FINE WINES: Emma Williams (left) has been learning in reverse after the Hollydene Estate business manager recently jointed a viticulture TAFE course.

TO her own admission, Emma Williams is doing things a little differently.

Five years after starting her role as business manager at Hollydene Estate Wines, she's just now entering a viticulture course.

The decision comes after years of deliberation and seeking out appropriate learning programs, and eventually she settled on the state's only fully-fledged viticulture program which is run by Kurri Kurri TAFE.

Although she originally only planned to enrol for a couple of subjects, she has since decided to undergo the entire diploma, which will take approximately two years, but give her significant knowledge.

"I just found all the knowledge and what-not we were getting everyday so useful, so I just wanted to learn more and I thought two years out of my life isn't too much to ask," Ms Williams said.

Despite having not been involved with the program for long, she is already confident of the way it is advancing her abilities.

"It's been very beneficial, it's only been six months really and I've already learnt how to make wine...and it's all coming into play now in terms of what I've learnt just being hands on in the industry," Ms Williams added.

Given the prestigious reputation that Hollydene Estate Wines already possesses, it could only be a good thing for more knowledge to be inserted into the winery and they are now getting that, quite crucially, through their business manager.


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