COUNTDOWN: DAY 166: Nicky Connolly – A “Quasi-Oliver” and Balsamic fiend

Nicky Connolly with her children Connor and Matiah

Nicky Connolly grew up in the McLaren Vale region.

Many years were spent playing sport, schooling, studying and backpacking with her best mate Corrina before branching out to earn her stripes in the wine industry.

Nicky worked for several McLaren Vale wineries, whilst studying Wine Marketing, including a five year stint in Margaret River.

She now works for Oliver’s Taranga in a mixed role covering advertising, customer management, Cellar Door and good conversation.

Most excitingly, Nicky has recently received a grant from the Food and Development Fund SA to complete a Balsamic Vinegar making course. She will head to Reggio Emilia (Italy) in September as part of this – Balsamic being a big passion of hers.

Nicky has two children who are close friends with the 7th generation Oliver children.

We asked Nicky a few questions:-

What is your proudest moment at Oliver’s Taranga?

Joining my long-term friends in business. Seeing them achieve their dream of a winery and cellar door and feeling like you can be part of the next chapter of how Oliver’s Taranga evolves.

Your favourite wine?

2010 Small Batch ‘Fiano’- Great acid and fruit—great to drink alone but also fabulous with food.  It doesn’t get any better than that!

The toughest thing about being a”quasi-Oliver”?

Trying to concentrate on important phone calls in our open plan office because we are all super loud, talk fast and giggle A LOT.