This year, we’re shining a light on our cellar hands who join our Winery team throughout October to operate machinery, keep records, assist with laboratory work and contribute to an excellent Harvest.

Meet Deepika.

Whilst teaching microbiology in India, Deepika harboured a dream of one day owning her own vineyard. Deciding that the dream would remain just that, unless she did something about it, she embarked on a journey to California to study a Masters degree in viticulture. During this time, she began working at Dehlinger Winery through the summer as part of the vineyard team. She learnt many skills from shoot thinning to crop estimation. An intense harvest followed, along with it a steep learning curve for Deepika as she learnt a diverse range of skills working as a cellar hand in the winery.

Deepika in the Winery

Following her graduation, Deepika won a scholarship to work at Clos de Vouget in Burgundy. This is an ancient walled vineyard built by monks in the 16th century which still has an ancient working press made of stone.

Deepika moved back to the UK when her partner was offered a job at Plumpton College teaching wine production which then led to her enjoying working as cellar hand during harvest at Rathfinny.

Working in the Winery

Deepika would like to continue to work in the wine industry in the UK and eventually hopes to own a vineyard in Greece.

Thank you for all your help this harvest. We wish you all the best Deepika!