Great article from Women In Wine NZ on one of our own Pioneers, Judy Finn:
There are many amazing women working in the New Zealand wine industry and we will be sharing stories from women working in all roles and from regions around the country.
One of our original pioneers and very highly respected is Judy Finn from Neudorf in Nelson. She has contributed much to the industry over the years,
Judy planted Neudorf Vineyards, with partner Tim, in 1978. With 38 vintages under her belt Judy can look back with some satisfaction. Currently chair of The Family of Twelve she has been on the board for three Pinot Celebrations and worked with Wine Nelson for longer than she remembers.
Their biogro certification was cause for celebration as was their Neudorf Moutere Chardonnay receiving the perfect score of 100 points from Bob Campbell MW. But it is a truism that only a great team can make great wine and she is indebted to everyone who helps make Neudorf successful.
“No winemaker or winery owner says “my work is done” – each vintage presents a different perspective. And wine marketing means keeping in touch with world markets, prices and trends." As a small winery Tim and Judy are sometimes overwhelmed with information and decisions, but they are privileged to have their daughter Rosie working for Neudorf. "She brings a savvy enthusiasm and a welcome sense of humour”