Jesuits on a winner with woman winemaker

Jesuit-owned Sevenhill Cellars in South Australia's Clare Valley has employed its first female winemaker, Liz Heidenreich, an Anglican who used to work for singer Cliff Richard and who has already won awards for her first wines for her new employer.

The Australian reports that Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson yesterday marked the 500th anniversary of the birth of Jesuit co-founder, Peter Faber, with the release of two commemorative wines, a shiraz and a riesling produced by Ms Heidenreich.

Ms Heidenreich, worked on contract for two years for Cliff Richard on his plush Portugal winery.

Three months ago, the Barossa Valley-born former nurse moved to Sevenhill for her first "full-time" job as a winemaker and as the first female winemaker that Sevenhill Cellars has ever had, the Australian said.

"It is different working (for Richard) than here," Ms Heidenreich told the Australian.

"Here is a really nice community, it is very comforting and there is wonderful support and everyone knows each other and cares for each other."

Ms Heidenreich got the Sevenhills post after being introduced to some Jesuits by a close friend with whom she sometimes attends an Adelaide Catholic church.

After celebrating anniversary mass yesterday at a local church, Archbishop Wilson said Sevenhill, which has made sacramental and table wines for 155 years, compared with St Mary's Cathedral in Sydney as a "foundational" centre for Catholics in Australia.

"The Catholic view of life is that all earthly things are good ... different religions have different disciplines but having a wholesome attitude to it is the way we look at it."

The early signs for Ms Heidenreich were promising, with her first 2006 riesling winning two awards, including best in show for whites under $20, at this year's Royal Adelaide Show.

Winemaker to the stars, and beyond (The Australian, 4/12/06)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Sevenhills Cellars
Adega do cantor (Cliff Richards winery)

America: At quincentennial, Jesuit co-founder still exemplary saint too little known (Catholic Online, 10/7/06)

4 Dec 2006