Chromy session to tell his story benefits National Trust

Josef Chromy will shed light on his life and success at a dinner hosted at his vineyard. Picture: NEIL RICHARDSON

Josef Chromy will shed light on his life and success at a dinner hosted at his vineyard. Picture: NEIL RICHARDSON

WHEN it comes to journeys, Josef Chromy's is exceptional.

And it is one that the Launceston business entrepreneur will share at a degustation dinner on May 24 as part of the National Trust Tasmania's Heritage Festival.

The festival, with the theme journeys, began last month and will continue until the end of this month.

A Conversation with Josef Chromy is a signature event and the 83-year-old will tell his story of fleeing war-torn Czechoslovakia to Tasmania to establish vineyards and restore renowned attractions over a four- course dinner at his award- winning Relbia winery.

The event, hosted by ABC Radio's Hilary Burden, will also be an opportunity for attendees to gain an insight into Mr Chromy's business career as he explains the secrets to his success.

Mr Chromy was 19 when he escaped from Czechoslovakia.

"I came here and had not one penny and not one friend," Mr Chromy said.

He went on to own a butcher shop, many vineyards, and has recently bought Penny Royal World, which he is working on upgrading.

Mr Chromy said he would reveal ideas for the attraction at the dinner and secrets on how he has got where he is today.

He said studying and planning were two secrets.

"A lot of people are making goals but they don't build the steps," he said.

"You have to build step by step ... that helps to go up and up."

The dinner will be paired with Josef Chromy wines, including the 2012 Pinot Noir, which was released in February and has almost sold out.

The evening will also include a question and answer session.

Limited seats are available, with 30 per cent of ticket sales going to National Trust Tasmania.

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