Dry Extract Interview: Natalie Christensen of Yealands, New Zealand

Natalie Christensen - Chief Wine Maker 

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Natalie Christensen - Chief Wine Maker - Yealands Wine Group

Natalie Christensen - Chief Wine Maker 

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Natalie Christensen is chief winemaker for Yealands in Marlborough, New Zealand. Not only does she hold degrees in science, music and oenology, she also is a classically trained double-bass player. She travels widely and also gained winemaking experience in Spain.

The best advice I ever got

Always be kind, you never know what someone is going through.

My life motto

Do things that bring joy.

I am currently reading

The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery

My most played music track

Currently, Anemone by the Brian Jonestown Massacre

If I didn’t do my current job I would be

A pet party planner

Skill I don’t currently possess but would like to have

Being able to surf

My favourite kind of exercise

Hiking in New Zealand‘s native bush

I relax while

Sitting in my hot tub, checking out the stars

I collect


My essential newspaper/magazine

The Press, Christchurch, NZ for the cryptic crossword

My desert-island wine


I have learnt a lot from

Challenging situations

My last meal and sip will be

Chicken larb and Jean Foillard Morgon Côte du Py, Gamay Noir