Winemakers

Veronica Williams

Winemaker at Nobody's Hero

 

New Zealand Wine Society is fortunate to work closely with incredibly dedicated growers and winemakers; women who have mastered the art and science of transforming grapes into the wonderful drink we love.

 

How did you get into winemaking?

Coming from a famous wine producing country like Sweden the choice was easy. When I was young, I used to watch my mum take the labels of wine bottles after dinner parties put them in a book and write some notes, price, what food they had with it and then give it a score. I studied chemistry and biology at university in Sweden. When we moved to New Zealand in 2003, I looked to see how I could use my studies here.
The Bachelor of Viticulture and Oenology here at NMIT seemed like the perfect fit. I worked my first vintage at Framingham in 2007, I can’t have mucked up too much, as they asked me back!

What is your favourite part about wine making?

I absolutely love vintage; the good, the bad and the ugly. I love the constant change each year brings. You must be prepared for anything and everything. You meet new amazing people every year who are prepared to work hard because they love it as much as you do.

We always kick off vintage with the Framingham Harvest Concert, it is one hell of a party. Then we all disappear into the winery for the next three months.

What is your favourite wine to make/best winemaking experience?

Oh, that is a tough one…if I had to pick something it would have to be the opportunity to make all the different styles of Riesling here at Framingham.  Seriously, who else would be crazy enough to make 9 Rieslings off the estate block, in the 2017 vintage? 

What’s in a name? if there is a story behind the label/ name of the wine?

We recently launched a new range called Nobody’s Hero.  This celebrates what we stand for here at Framingham.  We are inspired by individuality, and by those individuals who have stepped out of the mainstream.  It is also happens to be a song written by Dr. Hedley’s favourite punk band, Stiff Little Fingers.

If you weren’t making wine what would you be doing?

Spend more time with family in March, April and May. (i.e. don’t have to do vintage).
I always wanted to be a Vet. We investigated moving up north so I could study, but then my husband got a job in Marlborough and wine happened.

I like to say that somebody would pay me for travelling around the world skiing, that would be amazing (while drinking wine…of course!).


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KIRSTY HARKNESS
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NATASHA MOONEY
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JANIENE BAYLISS
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NICKY PARISH
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