Todd Stevens joined Neudorf, an icon in the sunny Nelson region, in 2012 after positions at Quartz Reef and Felton Road.
The boutique family business is regarded as one of the country’s top small wineries with an enviable reputation for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The vineyard is dry-farmed organically on north facing Moutere gravels, and their ethos of minimal intervention extends into the winery.
Our friends Sara and Willi from the Wine Zealand Project caught up with Todd to find out more about his background and role.
What does a typical working day look like for you?
No day is typical for me … it all changes with the seasons. The only thing that is constant is the team coffee break at 10:20!
When and why did you fall in love with wine?
2000 ish …. When I was in the UK working as and IT contractor and started to go to wine appreciation courses. The more I learnt the more I became fascinated.
Why did you become a winemaker?
Looking for a life change that suited my character. I wanted to be able see the finished result of my labour … and the subject needed to less defined (or open to definition) to remain stimulating.
If you were a wine, which one would you be?
Pinot Noir – multi dimensional – perplexing at times and often simple the rest of the time. Soft and supple but with a backbone. Continually evolving!
What’s your signature wine?
Wine & dine, what’s your favourite match?
If you focus too much on the wine match you forget the most important ingredient … great company. Get that right and the wine and food will taste great.
Share a fact about yourself that only a few know
I’ve been down the Zambezi on a kayak.
Hidden gems and favourite spots in Nelson
A picnic at Dummy bay and wharf jumping at Mapua.
What’s on your bucket list?
The bucket list evolves and changes. Currently I would like to travel through Japan, go to a Pearl Jam concert, complete the great walks of New Zealand and spend my 50th skiing with my wife and boys in Canada.
Dead or alive, who would you like to share a glass of vino with?