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My name is Jana, and I’m the one behind the Instagram account the.wine.girl.
4 years ago I decided I wanted to work in the wine business. Thing is… I didn’t have any experience, and if I was being honest, I didn’t even know that much about wine! What I did know is that I liked it, I probably wouldn’t ever get bored of it, and that it’s one of those things, like food or music, that brings people together.
It just seemed like a good idea, ok? So I packed by bags and headed for Europe with a whole lot of hope, and no idea what I was doing.
Check out the whole story in my Chronicles articles!
It probably sounds a bit cavalier, the way I just dove into it all. But there is one thing that stood in my way for a long time – something that I have only recently overcome – and that is fear.
Well, I’m serious. I was constantly afraid of saying something stupid and embarrassing myself during wine-tastings. I felt like people expected me to know way more than I knew and I was constantly intimidated by the confidence of my peers.
Thankfully, that fear was like fuel.
I found a job working harvest, which ended up leading me into an internship with a fantastic bio-dynamic winery in Germany. I didn’t speak the language (at first), but I powered through and learned a TON working in the vineyards, cellar, and around the estate. After proving myself valuable, that same winery then created a position for me as Export Manager, which I now maintain remotely giving me the flexibility to keep travelling and exploring wine regions world-wide. I have also recently completed my WSET Level 3 and am now working towards my diploma!
POOF! Fear overcome.
So where does the Instagram success come into the picture?
Well, it was during that first chapter of my European adventure that I started my Instagram account. Originally intended as a personal diary of my journey through the wine world, it is constantly evolving and growing with me. But, like everything else in life, there should be a balance.
You won’t see me posting every single day just to feed the machine – no, no. I’m a human with a loving husband and a thirst for adventure, so if you don’t see me for a few days, I’m probably just enjoying life without the constant social pressure that comes with a smart phone.
If that’s cool with you then follow along to see what I get up to next!
I promise I won’t bust out lists of bizarre tasting notes or add anymore pretence to the world of wine – there’s enough of that already 😉
Instagram: @the.wine.girl – Facebook: The Wine Girl