Teresa’s working life didn’t begin with making wine. A love
of science led her to undertake a Bachelor of Applied Science in Chemistry and
Microbiology at the University of South Australia, focussing on food and wine
chemistry. Before entering the world of wine Teresa spent four months working in
Germany before returning to South Australia to work with the Australian
Quarantine and Inspection Service. Teresa spent her days testing weird and
wonderful food imports ensuring they were safe for our consumption. The
opportunity to join the wine industry as a Microbiologist came in 1994.
Possessing a genuine love and appreciation of wine from her
early years, Teresa’s progression from microbiologist to winemaker was
inevitable. A chance tasting with the Hill-Smith Family Vineyards winemaking
team sparked her passion to discover more about the spectrum of flavour and
aromas that are possible in wine - something which continues to fascinate and
drive her today.
Teresa completed her Winemaking studies in 2000, graduating
from Charles Sturt University while gaining practical experience in the cellar
and laboratory at the same time.
From there, firstly, and very successfully, she took on the
challenge of winemaker for the inaugural vintage at the Hill-Smith family’s
Oxford Landing Winery, where she managed the making of both the white and red
wines. Then, in 2008, Teresa accepted the challenge of becoming the Hill-Smith
Family Vineyards Sparkling and Chardonnay Winemaker – the role she continues to
develop today. Now she is also able to apply her individual style to the
crafting of fine Eden Valley Sauvignon Blanc.
"I have always felt a great affinity for white wine –
both in the vineyard and in the glass. It’s where my passion is, so I feel very
at home making the wines from Hill-Smith Estate– two classic white varieties –
Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay - from regions renowned for producing great
quality white wines.
As a winemaker, being able to experiment with flavour, aroma
and texture is inspiring, and at the same time I believe you should respect the
history, reputation and hard work that has gone before."