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Rounds shares her passion for wine and her job

Felix Chaudhary
Thursday, March 01, 2018

FEIFONUA Rounds is passionate about wine.

Spend a few minutes in her company at Shangri-La's Fijian Resort and Spa and she will regale you with tales of her visit to De Bortoli Wines in the Yarra Valley in New South Wales.

However, wines or working in the tourism industry for that matter were the furthest things on her mind when she began history and politics studies at university after completing studies at Adi Cakobau School.

"I had no intention or idea of entering tourism," the 34-year-old shared.

Fifteen years and three children later, Ms Rounds is studying her way to becoming one of Fiji's first female sommeliers and she is also the manager of the recently revamped Beach Bar and Grill at Shangri-La's Fijian Resort and Spa on Yanuca Island.

"I came to Shangri-La's Fijian in 2005 and started here as a hostess at the Takali Restaurant," she shared.

"And all of a sudden, history and politics did not mean anything to me any more.

"I just got into my work and I worked everywhere. I did a stint at the Beach Bar and Grill which I now manage, did fine dining at the Kalevu Restaurant, worked in room service, banquets and even the ice-cream shop.

"And when our director Food and Beverage Maurice Fahey urged me to think about specialising in wines, I decided to give it a try."

Since then she has received internationally recognised Wine Spirit Education Trust training through Victoria Wines and completed Certificate I and II level.

"Wine is a new found passion, it is interesting and it evolves all the time and its good in the sense that I have been able to share my knowledge with the youths in Cuvu Village.

"And quite a number of them have developed interest in wines and viticulture."

Ms Rounds added that her education in all things wine has also added to guest experience at the Yanuca Island property.

"Shangri-La guests are very discerning and they come here expecting their money's worth on terms of the type of experience we offer them.

"And we need to know what we're talking about, what wines go with which food and why. We can pair kokoda and other Fijian dishes with internationally renowned wines and offer guests something they can't get anywhere else.

"And also important is having background on the different wineries and why certain characteristics of the wine are linked to the weather in a certain country or the way it is processed.

"I think Shangri-La's Fijian Resort has given all of us the empowerment we need to believe that we can explore new ideas and experiences and develop a passion for something that is not necessarily traditionally Fijian but which adds to the Fijian holiday experience for our guests.

"We can become New York, London and Paris in terms of food, wine and service but we do it with that extra ingredient — the Fijian touch, smile and genuineness."

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