October 23, 2006
Kluge Estate Winery had an international feel tonight, as people gathered to celebrate the completion of the inaugural U.S.-South African Wine Apprentice program.
The ceremony marked the end of the 9-week program that saw ten interns from South Africa receive a crash course in U.S. wine-making. One intern said he felt right at home here in Virginia.
"It was interesting working with the new machines. The technology is very high and everything is nice there. The people there are nice. They were taking care of me and made me to feel at home," said Sphilali Gumede.
The interns were divided with five doing their internship in Virginia and five in California. Program organizers hope this relationship will flourish in the future.