30 winemakers under 40 to watch (part 3)

13th January, 2014 by Lucy Shaw

29. Tamra Washington (34)

Following a stint as a flying winemaker overseeing production from the Veneto for supermarket Sainsbury’s, Marlborough-born Washington has chosen to make a base in the South Island at the green- focused Yealands Estate in Blenheim where she is winemaker. Wine is in Washington’s blood – she spent school holidays working in vineyards, which gave her a thirst for the industry.

Graduating with an oenology degree from the University of Lincoln, Washington’s first post was at Seresin Estate in Marlborough, followed by a stint at Franciscan Estate in Napa and time in the Hunter Valley and Margaret River, where she enjoyed getting her hands dirty in the vineyard. The lure of Italy followed, leading to a four-year post as head winemaker for the Calatrasi Group in Sicily, which involved making wine in Sicily, Puglia and Tunisia.

One Response to “30 winemakers under 40 to watch (part 3)”

  1. Ryan says:

    Like to try a drop from there

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