A love of horticulture, science and the arts, combined with growing up in Hawke’s Bay, set Julianne Brogden on the path to be a winemaker from a young age of 17.
A graduate of EIT’s wine science degree programme, Julianne gathered work experience abroad for a decade before starting her own boutique wine company, Collaboration Wines.
Her range includes finely crafted, small batch wines. A collaboration between Julianne and a collection of passionate growers from specially selected vineyard sites in Hawke’s Bay.
Dressed in abstract artworks by Angela Tirrell, whom Julianne met during her eight years of winemaking in Napa Valley California, the complex and unique wines certainly stand out from the crowd!
Let’s find out more about Julianne’s passion for wine and her unique range of wines.
What do you do?
Owner/Winemaker for Collaboration Wines. A small premium producer of finely crafted, small batch wines based in Hawke’s Bay. I specialise in Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. I work in collaboration with three growers who share the same passion and commitment to quality wine growing and winemaking as myself.
My wines are served and sold in many of New Zealand’s finest restaurants and wine stores. My wines are also exported to France and Japan.
What does a typical working day look like for you?
Anything from doing cellar work, laboratory work, vineyard work to computer work, hand labelling and packaging orders, marketing my wines out in the trade. I am 100% hands on, a small operation of 1500 cases.
When and why did you fall in love with wine?
23 years ago, I was 17, straight out of High School. I enrolled in a Bachelor of Wine Science program through Charles Sturt University Australia, graduated 3 years later and travelled to Napa Valley California.
I never intended on staying that long but the winemaking opportunities and culture of the San Francisco Bay area was too good. The more time I spent there the more I fell in love with wine, the food and the culture. Everything that the experience of wine can offer you!
If you were a wine, what wine would you be?
Cabernet Sauvignon. Deep, dark in colour, cassis, black fruits, dense, rich plush and structured. Great ageability!! Put it down to cellar, only gets better with age.
What’s the favourite wine you’ve made to date?
2013 ‘Argent’ Cabernet Sauvignon. 91+ Robert Parker – The Wine Advocate, 5 STARS Michael Cooper – Buyers Guide to NZ Wines. New Zealand’s Best Cabernet Sauvignon tasted in 2015 by Wine writer for Cuisine Magazine, John Saker.
Share a fact about yourself that only a few know
I play the guitar, not well, but it’s something I enjoy. My partner Rich, recently bought me a steel string guitar for my 40th Birthday, something I have always wanted. All the more reason to practice!!
What’s on your bucket list?
Travel, travel and more travel…. Eat, drink, travel and continue to explore many parts of the world.
Dead or alive, who would you like to share a glass of vino with?
Chris Cornell, former American singer, songwriter and musician. I went to one of his concerts about 10 years ago, just Chris playing acoustic guitar and singing solo. Totally in awe of his talent.
Sadly, I will never have the opportunity to share a glass of wine with this talented man due to his passing a year or so ago. However, I can definitely say I have shared many a glass of wine while listening to his music.