Rosie Menzies, Assistant Winemaker, Seresin Estate, Marlborough

Born, Bred, Schooled:

Born in Dannevirke, Bred - Makutuku, Fairlie, Queenstown, Waipukurau, Havelock North.. Bachelor of Science, Massey University; Graduate Diploma in Viticulture and Oenology, Lincoln University; WSET Advanced and Diploma Course, London.

First wine industry job – year:

Vineyard Worker at Lime Rocks Vineyard, CHB – 2006/2007.

First real (full time) job (outside of school/uni holidays):

Marketing and Sales Assistant, The Wine Shop at Harrods.

Career Highlight:

Being Assistant Winemaker at Seresin.

Cat? Dog?

Dog – Oscar, The Great Black Labrador.

Desert island wine and food:

Amontillado Sherry and Aged Gouda.


Alistair Viner, Peter Gough, Clive Dougall, Jean-Christophe Bersan, Rosie Butler – all hugely inspirational people!

Dinner table companions, dead or alive…

Virginia Woolf, Agnes Obel, Didier Dageneau, Andrew Jefford, Owen Wilson, Rudolf Steiner.

Greatest achievement…

Many small achievements to getting to where I am now, but passing the WSET Diploma was super!

New Zealand wine industry needs…

Time, knowledge, continual development, research and focus on quality.    

If you weren’t working in the wine industry, what would you be doing?

Making cheese.

One thing about you people might be surprised to learn?

I can stop watches..

If you had the day off tomorrow what would you like to do:

Sleep in, go for a hike, eat good food and drink wine with friends.


Twitter:              @RosieMenzies


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