Dr. Tanya Rutan appointed as BRI Research Winery Manager.


Originally from the USA, Tanya moved to New Zealand in 2003 where her eagerness to study wine started while helping out a friend with a casual vineyard role on Waiheke Island.   Using her BSc in Biology completed in the USA, she enrolled in the Wine Science programme at the University of Auckland where she went on to receive a MSc in Wine Chemistry after completing a research project which worked closely with the wine industry investigating the chemical composition and sensory attributes of Pinot noir wines produced across NZ.  The success of this project led her to go on to complete a PhD in Wine Science, once again working in collaboration with industry on identifying the primary aromatic compounds and phenolic composition of Central Otago Pinot noir wines.

Her hard work in the vineyards and wineries over these years led her to develop a passion for winemaking and upon graduation she remained in Central Otago where she continued winemaking for several years.

Tanya moved to the Marlborough region three years ago where she took a role as a Post-doctoral Scientist with Plant and Food Research working on projects in the Pinot noir programme.  “I’m overjoyed to be given an opportunity to join such a capable and dynamic team at Bragato Research Institute and look forward to working with industry to bring wine science research and innovation together to forge an exciting future for the New Zealand wine industry.”