Helen's passion for wine encouraged her decision to change her career path and complete a Bachelor of Viticulture and Oenology at Lincoln University in Canterbury, where she finished as the top female student in 2005.
Helen joined Villa Maria’s Marlborough team in January 2014 and enjoys working for such an iconic winemaking family with a strong focus on sustainability and environmental responsibility.
Living in Marlborough since 2006, Helen previously worked 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 and 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.'
A lover of the outdoors, Helen enjoys 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.