Upon graduating from Geisenheim University in her home country of Germany, Annika’s passion for winemaking and desire to continue to learn more about the wine industry motivated her to pursue a CAEP program in the United States. Read on to learn about her cultural exchange experience and the CAEP enology program!
“I saw so many beautiful places in the USA, wineries and friendly people! My favorite part of the United States is that every state is different and I want to see all of them! What I learned about the American culture is that if you have a problem, you can ask anybody for help. The people are lovely and America is definitely a place you should see!
If I could tell someone who was considering a CAEP program three things I would tell them to start planning early- not just one or two months before you want to do your internship, you can trust the CAEP Team, and you’ll have so much fun! I would definitely do it again.
I trained at Chateau Montelena and some of the most valuable lessons and skills I have learned from my host include learning a lot about working with barrels which is pretty cool because I want to start working with barrels at our winery in my home of Germany.
Some of my daily duties included filling and topping barrels, doing pump overs, doing yeast inoculations and cleaning. These were just a few of my daily duties but there was no typical day because I did so many different jobs there. I think an internship should be like this. Every day is a different experience!
I would recommend CAEP because it’s a comfortable way to get everything ready for your internship.”
If you are interested in traveling the world, learning about new cultures, and growing your career in the wine industry, visit our website www.caep.org to apply or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.