Teresa Heuzenroeder started her career not in a vineyard, but in a laboratory. Beginning her working life as a microbiologist, Heuzenroeder had no idea that over the course of the next 25 years, she’d end up creating wine for one of Australia’s most loved and respected wineries, Petaluma. Australia native Heuzenroeder’s passion for science hasn’t gone to waste, though, as she sees her career in winemaking as a combination of the creative and the scientific.
Starting as a cellar hand at Yalumba, another of Australia’s great wineries, Heuzenroeder worked her way up, remaining at Yalumba for a quarter of a century before moving on to become a senior winemaker at Petaluma. Heuzenroeder joins host David Kermode on Episode 65 of The Drinking Hour podcast to discuss an illustrious career making wine across the country, from the Adelaide Hills to Coonawarra, and why a chance Shiraz wine tasting changed her life’s course.