"I made a positive step
to change my lifestyle and I have enjoyed every minute of the
journey. I have visited wonderful places, spoken to incredible
people, drunk enduring wines and learnt a wealth of knowledge
about wine, its history and its nature both scientifically and
philosophically....and my conclusion – All men are born equal,
and wine is a lovely drop.”
Many Years ago, Puneet
Dhall left the bright lights of London to study Grape Growing
and Winemaking at the esteemed ‘Eastern Institute of Technology’
in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand.
Originally trained as an
Engineer at Warwick and Cambridge Universities, his years spent
Managing and Designing Mass Production Products had left him
seeking a more simple way.
"My career was taking
off and I was doing really well, but my heart was not in it. I
just wanted to get my feet back on the ground and do something I
really enjoy." He says.
His interest in wine
began after spending a year in South Africa in the early
nineties and time in Bordeaux, where he met friends who were
involved within the industry. "I had an interest in wine for
such a long time, but had never really considered it as a career
option. However a Holiday climbing the Andes in Peru changed
that. Mountains can have that effect on people”
After studying the Arts
of Viticulture and Oenology at E.I.T, Puneet went on to work at
the prestigious Sacred Hill winery. Sacred Hill is one of the
most successful Wineries in New Zealand, and its Chief Winemaker
– Tony Bish is highly regarded internationally.
Following Sacred Hill,
Puneet returned to Europe and immersed himself in the Hub of
Fine Wine Trading, working for one of the largest Fine Wine
Traders in the World, ‘Fine & Rare Wines’. He toured many wine
Regions of Europe, and established strong relationships with
many Producers, Merchants, Negociants and Chateaux.
Puneet currently Runs
his own Successful Business- ‘Dhall & Nash Fine Wines’ ,
Exporting The Finest Wines around the World, and also acting as
an Agency representing Several Wineries.
aspiration is to set up a winery in India, where the industry is
still in its infancy.
Puneet says, "Moving to
New Zealand and studying at EIT was the best decision I have
ever made. I made a positive step to change my lifestyle and I
have enjoyed every minute of the journey. I would recommend the
one year Certificate to anyone. It provides an excellent balance
between practical, hands-on wine making and academic study. I
had lots of fun during the course and I love working in the
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