Kate McIntyre MW - Master Of Wine, Marketing Manager, Moorooduc Estate (Australia)
Years In Industry:
My parents purchased our Moorooduc Estate in 1982 but my experience began in 1996 at Philip Murphy - a fine wine retailer in Melbourne . Here I quickly discovered my enjoyment of wine could become a career and life project. I had wanted to perform, write, teach and travel but hadn’t linked all that in with a wine job until meeting some early influential mentors and life friends.
That was the springboard for me to study for my Master of Wine qualification which I passed in 2010, while wine writing and working for Trembath & Taylor Importers. It eventually lead me back to the family business as I came to recognise the quality and individual value of what my parents had done in a world wine context.
Today, I'm part of the winemaking and management team which I love, although working for the family business brings extra stress as much as extra rewards!
My Biggest Challenge To Wellness:
Australia is so far away from everywhere so whenever I travel, the experience of long haul flight and jet lag are a nasty combo especially in my neck and shoulders. Massage therapy helps a lot as does yoga.
Too many wine dinners - too much food and alcohol; not finding time for exercise; airplanes and hotels. I am a hedonist so learning when enough is enough is a long term project for me.
How I Keep It Together To Stay Well:
A glass of water before every glass of wine. Tea instead of wine or coffee. When I am travelling I double the water consumption and try not to eat or drink alcohol on long haul flights just to combat the boredom!
When I don’t get to chose what I eat, don’t eat everything on the plate. Yoga has become my saviour- in the lounge between connections is the best (for me if not the other passengers!) and whenever I can a long, brisk walk in the sun. And big cuddles with my poodles Pedro and Polly whenever possible.
You can connect with Kate on Instagram and Twitter or visit her family’s winery at Moorooduc Estate.