Matamata farm boy heads to Italy on viticulture mission

Matamata farm boy heads to Italy on viticulture mission

Ben Richards will be buffing up his schoolboy Italian as he packs his bags for a Romeo Bragato exchange scholarship trip early next year. The former Matamata man, who is a double degree student at EIT in Hawke’s Bay, has travelled to Australia and the US before but never to Europe. So the 21-year-old is very much looking forward to his month in Italy, where he will visit wineries, vineyards and the Scuola di Viticoltura e di Enologica di Conegliano in the country’s northeast.

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