Helen’s passion for wine not only encouraged her to change her career path at Lincoln University in Christchurch, she also graduated as the top female student from her Bachelor of Viticulture and Oenology program in 2005.
Joining Villa Maria’s Marlborough team in January 2014, she is excited to be working for such an iconic and award-wining winemaking family 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. Prior to that, she was working at a smaller family estate specializing in Riesling. However, her passion extends outside the cellar, as she has been involved with 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 and also hosts regular wine club tastings. She has great enthusiasm for the wine industry, 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.