Workshop delves into iconic wine range

LEADING stakeholders in Fiji’s hospitality industry got a chance to sample a variety of wines by Australia’s iconic Wolf Blass brand during an information session hosted by the Motibhai Group of Companies in partnership with Treasury Wine Estates Australia.

The workshop by the Wolf Blass winemaker Stuart Rusted at the Westin Resort Ballroom in Denarau, Nadi, provided participants an in-depth look into the famed wine brand which made its first international export to Fiji in the 1970s.

Motibhai Group of Companies executive director Bhupendra Patel said Wolf Blass held a special and unique relationship with Fiji and the company.

“Our company has been in the wine business since 1965,” Mr Patel said.

“We were one of the first local companies to import and distribute wines. Our first wine agency was Seppelts which is now with Treasury Wine Estates and then became agents for Wolf Blass in the late 1970s.

“Wolf Blass was a private company back then and Mr Wolf Blass himself came and visited Fiji and I remember we hosted him to dinner in this very room in 1986.

“This is a world-class brand and we are very proud to be associated with this longstanding Australian brand.”

Treasury Wine Estates Australia winemaker Stuart Rusted said globally, Wolf Blass was one of Australia’s most popular brands.

“We have a very unique relationship with Fiji,” he said.

“For its founder Wolf Blass he had a sense of joy for living and he always loved coming to Fiji because of the environment and the great warmth he always received from the people.

“So it was a great fit for him to have Fiji as its first international export.”

A total of 52 wine sommeliers, waiters and frontline staff from Westin Denarau Island Resort and Spa, InterContinental Resort Golf and Spa, Shangri La Fijian Resort and Sofitel Resort and Spa were part of the event.

The workshop ended with a quiz winner being awarded a trip to Singapore to attend the WSET Level 2 certification course fully funded by Motibhai.

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