Q&A with Kate Mandeno

Kate Mandeno

Today, we’d love to introduce to another passionate woman in wine, talented landscape photographer and Waiheke resident, Kate Mandeno.

Without further ado let’s get straight into the Q&A…

Hi Kate, thanks a lot for your time. Tell us, what do you do?

I work in sales for a wine distribution company called Mineral based in Auckland. I educate, advise and yarn about wines to retailers and restaurants in Auckland and Tauranga region.

What does a ‘normal’ day in your work week look like?

A typical day when I am in Auckland would start with a ferry ride from Waiheke where I am based to our office on K’rd. Someone usually does a coffee run and I go through emails, organise samples and generally catch up on things.

The afternoons would be out and about visiting clients, tasting wines, offering advice on their wine lists and keeping on top of what’s going on in the wine world.

I spend about a week a month on the road visiting Hamilton, Tauranga and Coromandel accounts which means many hours driving but you can’t beat a New Zealand road trip.

What is your background in wine?

After living overseas for 9 years with the last half of that working on super yachts and tasting the finest drops, I thought I should learn more about wine. So I did the WSET advanced course in London then onto a vintage in Burgundy, another one in the Douro, Portugal and afterwards moved home to Waiheke Island.

I spent almost 4 years at Te Motu which produces some of New Zealand’s best Bordeaux blends where I ran the cellar door and did local sales and marketing.

Describe your wine portfolio

Mineral distributes a pretty broad range of local and imported wines and spirits plus a tonic water. Where possible we try to deal with people who have the environment’s best interests at heart. As a result a good number of our suppliers produce organically/biodynamically. It’s got to be tasty as well!!!

If you were a wine, what wine would you be?

Tempranillo, easy going, wildly diverse, great value… typically smooth… a bit fruity…

Share a fact about yourself that only a few know

Nothing to hide here! I’m an over sharer just ask my colleagues.

Kate Mandeno Landscape Photography | Instagram

Hidden gems and favourite wine spots in New Zealand

My parents farm on the West coast at Waikaretu. We take the old school Landrover to the highest point on the farm to watch the sunset over the ocean with our favourite drop – probably a Chardonnay or Pinot Noir. You cant beat it.

Or else Waiheke where I live, the Courtyard is a favourite there.

Things you still want to do

Adventure and travel…visit Patagonia, Antartica, Iceland, Alaska, sail through the Caribbean, climb more Mountains, walk the length of New Zealand….I could go on and on.

Dead or alive, who would you like to share a glass of vino or a beer with?

In the North pole with Wim Hof in a hot tub drinking a glass of Tokaji talking about the finer points of frozen berries…..

Thank you so much!

Connect with Kate via her Instagram and you can find out more about Mineral and their portfolio of premium wines here.