Sarah Elsom

Sarah Elsom was born and bred in Dunedin, New Zealand. She pursued a degree in Viticulture and Oenology with Lincoln University and used that degree as a ticket to travel the world of wine; a Pinot Noir harvest chaser. On returning home from Canada in 2014, Sarah saw opportunity in the Distillery being built just 20 minutes from a place she had long settled on as home, Wanaka.

Hired first as a Distillery hand, Sarah was put to work digging in the irrigation for the estate grown perfumery roses whilst the Distillery build was completed. Captivated by this new extension of fermentation, there was no looking back. Five years later, Sarah is now the Master Distiller of the Cardrona Distillery and feels incredibly grateful to work with such a passionate and engaged team. Sarah manages a team of three Distillers and continues to dedicate herself to the pursuit of continuous improvement in a new world, that of premium spirits.

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