Waiheke Winemaker's Workshop

Get involved in the next wave of research. We want to hear from you!

Bragato Research Institute is hosting winemakers' workshops to help inform the next wave of wine science research. We encourage winemakers to come along and share any ideas, concerns, or challenges in winemaking. More opportunities will be made for other regions throughout the year. 

The Waiheke Workshop is on Monday 08 May, and we're delighted to have Dr Andrew Waterhouse in attendance. In addition to the group discussion, there will be a research presentation and tasting led by Villa Maria Winemaker Gianni Flego on Merlot.

This workshop is free to attend and will include an afternoon tea. 

Winemakers' group discussion workshops




Tantalus Estate

70/72 Onetangi Road


Waiheke Island

Additional Info

There will be a research presentation by Dr Andrew Waterhouse and a presentation and tasting led by Villa Maria Winemaker Gianni Flego on Merlot.

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Andrew Waterhouse

Dr Andrew Waterhouse

Director, Robert Mondavi Institute of Wine and Food Science

Dr Andrew Waterhouse is a third-generation Californian. He attended the University of Notre Dame, earning a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, and then UC Berkeley for his PhD in organic chemistry. In 1991, he moved to the Department of Viticulture and Enology at UC Davis. His research program has delved into wine oxidation and various aspects of wine chemistry, with an emphasis on phenolic compounds. He is currently a Co-Editor in Chief of the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture and is Director of the Robert Mondavi Institute at UC Davis.

Gianni Flego

Winemaker, Villa Maria

After living in Europe and working in the hospitality industry, Gianni developed an interest in winemaking and decided to study full-time. On graduating from Lincoln University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Viticulture and Oenology degree he joined Villa Maria Estate on the Winemaking Cadetship scheme. He is now a winemaker based at the Villa Maria Auckland winery for most of the year and in Hawke's Bay at the Villa Maria Gimblett Gravels winery for harvest. As well as being focused on winemaking activities he supports a wide area of the operation from viticulture systems support to bottling, traceability, continuous improvement and systems integration across the wider company.

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