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Irene Tozzi has joined the BRI team, as our Research Assistant Winemaker. Originally from Italy, she made the decision join the wine industry during a road trip in Canada. With the backpack still on her shoulders, she enrolled in Perugia University (IT) on the way back home.

Her eagerness to study wine across the globe led her to complete a Bachelor and Master of Science in Viticulture and Enology across five different countries. Her first years of study were in Italy and Spain, where she completed a research project on the use of grapevine by-products as colorant agents. She then started her Master’s degree moving between French, Portuguese, and South African universities. During this time, she worked in a research winery where she completed a project on the effects of hyperoxygenation on Chardonnay juice with a focus wine chemistry and sensory analysis.

Irene continued to work in the wine industry after graduation where she travelled to various countries exploring new wine styles and novel approaches to winemaking while experiencing diverse cultures. These travels allowed her to embrace her passion for languages where she is now fluent in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian of course.

After a few years of being a traveling winemaker, she landed in Central Otago in early 2020 where she worked in the industry before deciding to settle in the Marlborough region.

“I am so excited to work in such a unique place where research meets winemaking. I’m looking forward to being part of a team that strives to make a difference and keep innovation growing for the industry.”