New Zealand winemaker Nadine Worley has been announced as one of just two Kiwi finalists for the coveted Wine Society Young Winemaker of the Year Award.

The prestigious and industry-leading awards, now in their eleventh year, are held annually to recognise and reward the talents of the most exceptional young Winemakers in Australia and New Zealand.

Worley, a winemaker at the award-winning Mud House Winery in Marlborough, has been perfecting her craft for more than ten years, both within New Zealand and abroad.

Originally a children’s nurse, Worley began her new winemaking career in Australia working with cool climate varietals in Victoria and the Adelaide Hills before spending two vintages at a family winery in Italy and a vintage in Oregon in the United States.

A preference for cool climate winemaking led Worley to Marlborough, where she has been working at Mud House since 2006. Since joining Mud House, the wines have received eight trophies and approximately 60 gold medals. As a result of this, Mud House wines are now enjoyed in over 15 countries around the world.

“It’s such a treat to be able to make wines from New Zealand’s three most exciting wine regions and I am absolutely thrilled to be named as a finalist for the Wine Society Young Winemaker of the Year Award,” says Worley.

“Winemaking is something I am incredibly passionate about and I cannot think of a better way to have my craft for Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, Waipara Valley aromatics and Central Otago Pinot Noir acknowledged than to be nominated for an award as prestigious as this.”

The winners will be announced at the Young Winemaker of the Year gala evening, to be held in Sydney on November 18th.

About the Mud House Wine Group:
Established in 1996, the Mud House Wine group owns the Mud House and Waipara Hills brands. Mud House branded wines are distributed through Vintners in New Zealand and are also available in Australia, US, Canada, UK, EU and Asia. Mud House has a strong wine range, with the Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc being the champion. The Central Otago Pinot Noir is also making a name for itself as a great tasting, excellent value wine.

About Nadine Worley:
Originally from South Australia, Nadine studied and worked as a children’s nurse before delving into the world of wine. During her years as a nurse, Nadine developed an unwavering interest in wine which led her to take to the books again, this time studying Oenology at Adelaide University. She began her new career in Australia working with cool climate varietals in Victoria and the Adelaide Hills before spending two vintages at a family winery in Italy and a vintage in Oregon USA.

A preference for cool climate winemaking led Nadine to Marlborough, where she has been working at Mud House since 2006. Since joining Mud House, the wines have received 8 trophies and around 60 gold medals and as a result are now enjoyed in over 15 countries around the world.

Nadine talks with excitement about the Mud House vineyards throughout the South Island, with Pinot Noir from Central Otago, Pinot Gris and Riesling from Waipara and Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough. “It’s such a treat to be able to make wines from New Zealand’s three most exciting wine regions.”

For more information, visit www.mudhouse.co.nz

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