Wiremu Andrews, Chief box maker, Dearth of a Salesman wine services (VIC & Nat. Exec. Committees)
|I BECAME A COMMITTEE MEMBER TO:
Give back. Having received support from the association in the past, I aim to encourage others who are finding their path in the wine and hospitality landscape. Always looking to learn, whilst passing on the knowledge I have acquired.
|MY BACKGROUND IS:
I’m Māori. My iwi (tribe) are: Te Arawa (Tapuika) and Ngāti Kahungunu from Te Ika-a-Māui / North Island of Aotearoa / New Zealand. I immigrated to Australia in 2006 and pursued my goal of working in wine as a sommelier. Although I still work part-time slinging bottles, I now spend a fair chunk of my time selling wine to the trade.
|ONE THING PEOPLE MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT ME IS…
In a former life, I was in a band in Auckland, studied Audio Engineering, and co-hosted a weekly show called Hindsight on BaseFM, an independent radio station that aims to bring underground music to Auckland’s inner city fringe suburbs.
|THE MOTTO I LIVE BY IS:
Knowledge is power.
|THE PERFECT MEAL WOULD BE:
Anything typical of a region I’m visiting with an honest, locally-made wine in a bustling location where I feel like I’m living as the people from there do.
|WHAT I ENJOY MOST ABOUT BEING A PART OF THE WINE INDUSTRY IS …
It can feel like a family despite it spanning the globe and many cultures.