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    Posted on Apr 12, 2016

    The World’s Best Places To Work For Wine Lovers

    Wine lovers who want to work in close proximity to world-class vineyards might naturally turn their sights toward northern California. But some people have a little bit of wanderlust mixed in with their love of vino. If you’re looking for a great place to work that has the bonus of being near beautiful vineyards in historic – albeit underrated – wine regions, look no further than the following countries.


    Wine making in Slovenia goes all the way back to tribal communities like the Celts, pre-dating even Roman influence. Slovenia is home to more than 28,000 wineries, most in the big three wine regions; the Drava Valley, the Lower Sava Valley and Slovenian Littoral.

    Much like in the U.S., tech companies have a knack for popping up around wine country. Global IT giant Comtrade has one of its campuses in the capital city of Ljubljana, a short drive away from some of the country’s best vineyards. Comtrade has made waves in the tech community lately. It was named as a Microsoft Partner of the Year for 2015 and its Citrix management packs were recently acquired by Citrix. With over 1,000 software engineers working at Comtrade, wine lovers and IT experts would feel right at home in Slovenia.


    Spanish conquistadors introduced their wines to the New World in the 16th century. Chile’s wine culture has exploded over the last century, as global trade and travel have introduced new techniques to Chilean vineyards. Chile is now the fifth largest exporter of wines in the world, and the ninth largest producer, with a climate that has been described as somewhere between that of California and France.

    Santiago is the Chilean hub for commerce. Retails giants like Cencosud offer wine lovers great opportunities to find employment among like-mind individuals. Cencosud alone has more than 1,045 stores in Latin America, 126,530 employees and an annual revenue of $19 billion.


    The Aussies are the world’s fourth largest exporter of wine. Wine is produced in every Australian state at its more than 60 wine regions. Although the wine business is booming now, the country has no native grapes; they were introduced from Europe and South Africa in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

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    More than 200,000 employees work for Woolworths Limited, one of Australia’s largest employers. It has operations that touch various industries including supermarkets, fuel, liquor and home improvement. The company opened more than 90 years ago in New South Wales, and there’s no doubt that employees have been frequenting the vineyards along the NSW Coast ever since.


    Everyone from the Phoenicians to the Carthaginians to the Greeks and the Romans played a hand in building Portugal’s ancient wine culture. Wine historians will love visiting some of the first dedicated wine-producing regions in the world.

    Here’s further evidence of the connection between wine regions and tech companies. Microsoft opened a 68,000 square foot office in Lisbon four years ago. It’s home to almost 500 employees and has cool workspaces with focus rooms, brainstorming think tanks and phone booths. Presumably these are also great places to drink great wine with fellow employees. Like Comtrade in Slovenia, Microsoft’s Lisbon office is nestled among wine country and hubs of culture and natural beauty like the Park of the Nation and the Tagus River.

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