My Latest in Taste of France Magazine:
Nea Berglund of Château Carsin: Bordeaux’s rising star
by L.M. Archer
L.M. Archer interviews one of Bordeaux’s rising stars, Finnish-born vIgneronne Nea Berglund of Château Carsin, Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux
Tell us how you came to wine.
My father bought the family winery in 1990, and I was born later on the same year. I lived almost 25 years in my home country Finland, but I’ve visited Bordeaux every year since I was born. I did my first harvest when I was about 15 years old, but I didn’t get too excited about the winery work at that time. In 2010, I started studying in the Aalto University School of Economics in Helsinki and worked in Restaurant Muru. With some of the best wine people of Finland guiding and teaching me, I got to taste hundreds of different wines and got more and more interested. After the harvest 2014 and graduating as a bachelor from Aalto, I decided I wanted to go to Australia to learn more.
I did 2015 harvest at Jones Winery & Vineyard with Mandy Jones, the owner and winemaker. She also worked as the chief winemaker at our family winery Chateau Carsin in Bordeaux for about 10 years in the 90’s and 00’s. While working with her, I definitely got the final confidence and decided to start pursuing a career in wine. I applied to Bordeaux Science Agro and started by Master studies in Vineyard and Winery Management in September 2015. That’s the same time I became the winemaker for Carsin. Now, almost 5 years later, I’ve graduated from school and I’m now “la patronne” of the family winery.
Any mentors or other vignerons in particular who have helped you and/or inspired you in your career?
I can think of a bunch of people who’ve inspired me and helped me to choose my path, but Mandy Jones is definitely played the biggest part. READ MORE HERE.