Iris’ International Interns September 23 2015

Harvest is here!  Not only is this an exciting time for our team as we start the process of transforming the harvested fruit into vintage 2015, but also because we welcome our annual international interns to the winery.  When our winemaker, Aaron Lieberman, started with Iris in 2008, he brought with him an international intern program that continues to this day.  Just prior to harvest each year, interns are selected from around the world through CAEP (Communicating for Agriculture Education Programs).  Due to the strong wine culture in other parts of the world, international students tend to be the majority of our interns through this program.  Typically, these students are graduates of an enology program at various universities around the world. 

Iris' International InternsOur participation in the program is not only beneficial to the interns, as they apply their skills learned in university in a hands-on environment, but is incredibly beneficial to our wine-making team.  We are able to keep up-to-date on the most recent science, research and techniques in wine-making, straight from the classroom experience at universities from around the world.  These interns are also familiar with which wine
styles are currently popular outside of our region, as well as current market conditions. International flair and a global perspective is another tremendous benefit to our team via this program.  In turn, we are able to provide real-world exposure to wine-making in order to complement the knowledge they gain in the classroom environment. Benjamin Ohly, from Germany, and Danny Wastivino, from Chile, are two of this year’s interns and, according to our Cellar Master Bruce Howard, are two of the best the we have had the privilege to work with.  We’ll profile both of these interns as we move through harvest season, as well as update our readers on the current harvest.  Until then - cheers!