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 a region 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. The Hill-Smith Estate Sauvignon Blanc has an impressive record, and I look forward to continuing the next stage in its evolution whilst creating a new Hill-Smith Estate Chardonnay story."