Winemaker - Rachel Brooker
Rachel holds a Bachelor of Wine Science degree at Eastern Institute of Technology in New Zealand, which is accredited to Charles Sturt University. In her final year, Rachel received a scholarship as the highest achieving student in that year.
Rachel joined us as the vintage assistant winemaker in 2003 and 2004 and in between our vintages was engaged by Adelsheim Vineyards in Oregon USA as Vintage Intern, gaining invaluable experience in cool climate winemaking. In September 2004, Rachel left for the UK and was employed for 16 months as Wine Supervisor at the acclaimed Quaglino’s Restaurant in London. Rachel’s return to assist with the 2006 vintage was fortuitous, and she took over as winemaker in May that year.
Rachel’s unquestioned technical competence and organizational skills, matched by her flair and passion for wine, brings a fresh positive approach to the process of making great wine at Heathcote Winery.