Each week, as regular readers know, we pose a series of questions to a winemaker. This week, we’re featuring Heidi Seifried, the winemaker at Seifried Estate, the oldest family winery in New Zealand’s South Island.
In 1973, Austrian-born Hermann Seifried and his New Zealand wife Agnes planted their first vineyard in the Nelson region. They passed on their passion to this generation. Heidi is their eldest daughter and the winemaker at Seifried Estate. She is helped by her brother Chris in the cellars, and by her younger sister Anna with sales and marketing.
Before she became a winemaker, Heidi was first qualified as a dentist. She worked full-time as a dentist for three years until 2001, when Heidi went back to Lincoln University and completed her Post Graduate Diploma in Viticulture and Oenology (with Distinction). Heidi still spends some time in surgery though just one day a week these days, while juggling a young family, and working in the family business four days a week.
Check out our interview with Heidi below the fold.