05Jun
2017

Avignonesi Interns Have More Fun

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Avignonesi Interns Have More Fun

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Each year we welcome about 10 interns from all over the world at Avignonesi, to work in different departments. Most of them are students of oenology or agronomy, who stay with us for the duration of the harvest, but we also have a few interns in the marketing department, where they, among other things, help us to stay on top of how to communicate with young wine lovers. No one knows better than a marketing student how to work magic on social media and web!

For the last 4 months Hortense Faucher from France has been working with us, running a social media campaign for a special wine tasting event in New York: Alliance Vinum's Tuscany Is Nobile, where the target audience was millennials.

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Just before she returned to France to finish her studies, we asked her to write about her experience at Avignonesi.

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Hortense:

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Avignonesi is the longest internship I've ever done, and I must say it has been a fantastic experience!

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I heard about Avignonesi through a friend of a friend who did an Internship there. It was a funny coincidence, because I was looking for an internship in wine, and when I googled Avignonesi and saw how beautiful the estate was and read about its history and values, I immediately applied.

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I have done my internship in the marketing department, a subject that I have studied, but that I’ve never touched professionally.

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It’s been great because I’ve had the chance to approach this subject from various angles.

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First of all, at Avignonesi everything is seen through “environmental glasses”, which is very inspiring.

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Second of all, even though it is rooted in Tuscany, Avignonesi is an international company. I have been in contact with people from many different nations during my stay. One of the winemakers is Australian, the girl in charge of the internship programme is from Brazil, the owner is Belgian, one of my colleagues from marketing is Danish and so on and so on.

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I worked and lived with another intern from China, and not only have I gained a wonderful friend, whom I’m sure I will continue to see in the future, but I have also learned a lot about a culture I wasn’t really familiar with. Since day one I felt very comfortable because it was easy to interact with everyone, even though I didn’t speak Italian. Most of the team spoke English and French.

Moreover, the interns all stayed at the same house, so it was a great way to meet new friends, share our experiences and have lots of fun too!

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Every weekend we explored Tuscany, which is such a beautiful region: gorgeous landscape, great cultural heritage and...great food and wine! Speaking about food, interns at Avignonesi are really lucky, because they eat lunch with the winery kitchen staff every day, prepared directly by chef Luca. A real treat!

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Working at Avignonesi means teamworking. It's about listening, learning and sharing different points of view, finding new ideas and expressing yourself. Even if I’m only 20 years old I felt I was appreciated as part of the team. This has truly been a personal achievement for me and something I can take with me to my next work challenge.

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Every day was different, filled with different tasks and even though I worked mostly on one specific event, I was able to touch many different aspect of marketing, in addition to learning something about how biodynamic wine is produced and sold.

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I now have to concentrate on finishing my studies, but I know that I’ll come back to Avignonesi soon, and I am truly thankful to everyone on the Avignonesi team for their advice, for the time they dedicated to me and for everything they taught me. I feel that I grew and evolved professionally every day I spent at the winery, and that is exactly the purpose of a well-organized internship. I am also grateful to owner Virginie and her partner Max, as they personally took me under their wings and made sure my stay went well. They showed me leadership in a way I had never imagined to find. "

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Every year Avignonesi prints a poster with the names and nationalities of the interns which have spent time with us - a sort of “hall of fame”, and often we re-connect with our interns through other wineries or in other occasions. It’s interesting to follow the path each person chooses for him- or herself.

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Also, when the time comes to add a new person to our team, we always look to our interns. In fact, Ashleigh Seymour, Australian of origin, who spent a harvest with us as an intern in 2010, is now our resident winemaker. Similarly, Thuise Donadel, who joined us from Brazil for the 2014 harvest, is now a permanent part of our vineyard team, and has, herself, become responsible for the Avignonesi internship programme. On the photos below you find Ashleigh to the left and Thuise to the right.

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It’s all about sharing and networking. The world is smaller than you think!

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2017

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