Sessions at the tasting bench are critical to ensure we maintain both our high standards and the individuality of our wines - but also, to discuss, debate and challenge the status quo in the search for the "perfect" wine.
Louisa Rose – Chief Winemaker
"What ever the Next Big Thing turns out to be, Louisa Rose will probably be the one who makes it."
Max Allen, The Weekend Australian magazine, 6-7 June 2009
"Louisa Rose is one of Australia's most experienced and talented winemakers.
A particular focus for Louisa is the developmental work at Yalumba with Viognier, and the creation of ‘The Virgilius’ Viognier – Yalumba’s pre-eminent white wine. Louisa receives widespread recognition for her work with the variety, which is regularly considered to lead the industry.
In October 2008 Louisa was named ‘Winemaker of the Year’ by the prestigious Gourmet Traveller WINE Magazine – third time lucky following two previous nominations in 2000 and 2005. This award was swiftly followed in the same month by the Wolf Blass Award for contribution to the development and promotion of Riesling, which also proudly sits alongside Louisa’s 2004 acknowledgement by International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC) as winner of the 2004 Women in Wine Award, and her Barossa Winemaker of the Year Award in 1999.
It is not only her role as Chief Winemaker with Australia’s oldest family owned winemaker which keeps Louisa busy. Commencing as an Australian Wine Show Judge in 1997, Louisa is now heavily involved in judging at Australian and International Wine Shows including first female Chair of Judges at the Perth Royal Wine Show.”
Louisa Rose Profile
Kevin Glastonbury – Senior Winemaker
When Kevin Glastonbury reached Yalumba to prepare for vintage 1999, years of experience, experimentation and thinking on matters viti and vini were about to be applied. "After 25 years of learning and listening, I am even more committed and passionate about winemaking, in the knowledge that risk like creativity brings rich rewards."
With more than eight years of experience working in the Barossa with some of the most famous and oldest Barossa Shiraz and Grenache vineyards, Kevin has obtained a regional understanding of the Barossa and its vineyards that can only come from working in the region for the majority of his winemaking life.
Kevin Glastonbury Profile
Kevin Glastonbury Awarded Winestate Magazine Winemaker of the Year
“I think that calls for a drink” was KG’s response on hearing he was a finalist in Winestate’s 2007 Winemaker of the year competition
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Teresa Heuzenroeder – Senior Winemaker
Australia is fast becoming recognised as a producer of great cool climate Chardonnay wines, and with Yalumba, Winemaker Teresa Heuzenroeder is making some of the best. Teresa’s working life didn’t begin with wine – the making of it, that is. Teresa studied a Bachelor of Applied Science in Chemistry and Microbiology at the University of South Australia, with a focus on food and wine chemistry. Favouring a commitment to gain broader work experience before entering the wine industry, the opportunity to join Yalumba as Microbiologist came in 1994.
Teresa Heuzenroeder Profile
Peter Gambetta – Senior Winemaker
Peter Gambetta joined the Yalumba Winemaking team as Yalumba Senior Red Winemaker in July 2002 and is responsible for making Yalumba's premium red wines from the Limestone Coast including Yalumba's esteemed single vineyard wine - The Menzies Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon. Peter came to Yalumba with outstanding red winemaking experience and skills, following his leadership position as Group Red Winemaker at Orlando Wyndham and also with an intimate understanding of the premium wine-growing region of Coonawarra.
Peter Gambetta Profile
Andrew La Nauze – Winemaker
Growing up in the Barossa Valley inevitably led to an interest in all things wine for Andy, but this was not where he initially began. "Being a lad growing up in the Barossa, the first thing that you want to do was escape to the big city, not stay at home", says Andy. A career in Radiography was considered yet short lived when he found he was being drawn back towards the thing he loved – wine.
Andrew La Nauze Profile
Jane Ferrari – Winemaker - Communications
Jane's official job title, Winemaker - Communications, scarcely gives an indication of the scope of her role, still less of her expansive personality. Put simply, her work encompasses public relations and wine education. Her passion is as infectious as it is heartfelt. Spend an hour or so with Jane - in a London boardroom, at a New York tasting, at the Angaston winery, it doesn't matter where - and you'll find out m ore about the heritage and culture of Yalumba and the wider Barossa than most locals learn in a lifetime.
Jane Ferrari Profile