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Stuart’s interest in the wine industry came about after completing his University degree in Genetics and Biochemistry, after which decided to travel through South America. When in Argentina he developed a fascination with their wine industry and decided it was a career worth pursuing. Upon returning to New Zealand he completed the post graduate diploma in Viticulture and Oenology at Lincoln University.

In 2006 he moved to Marlborough, to work in viticulture and in 2011 began working for Villa Maria. His role sees him working with a great team of managers and grower liaison personnel in the South Island. He looks after Villa Maria’s company and grower vineyards in Marlborough, Nelson and Waipara. Stuart enjoys the diversity found within these regions, and strives to get the best out of each site to make fantastic wines.

Stuart Dudley

Stuart is a Viticulturist for Villa Maria Estate.