Senior Marlborough Winemaker
Helen's passion for wine encouraged her decision to change her career path, completing her Bachelor of Viticulture and Oenology, as top female student, at Lincoln University, Christchurch in 2005.
Helen joined Villa Maria’s Marlborough team in January 2014 and is excited to be working for such an iconic, well awarded, winemaking family that is focused on sustainability and environmental responsibility to ensure our future.
Helen has lived in Marlborough since 2006, working previously as a client winemaker in a large custom crush Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir facility, and before this for a smaller family estate specialising in Riesling.
Helen has been involved in wine judging in the New Zealand wine show system since 2008, progressing from associate to senior judge in 2012. Helen has also been on the Marlborough wine options committee for several years now, and also hosts regular wine club tastings. She has great enthusiasm for the wine industry and believes, 'there's so much to learn and so many great people associated within it.'
Helen also loves the outdoors, enjoying skiing in the winter, camping, tramping and boating in the summer, as well as trying to keep fit running the dog, swimming and mountain biking.