The following year Andrew was appointed assistant winemaker with the legendary Len Evans’ Rothbury Group, working at St Huberts in the Yarra Valley. After this group’s acquisition by Beringer Blass, Andrew was appointed winemaker at the historic Saltram winery in South Australia’s Barossa Valley where he worked for four years until he met Rosemount’s Phillip Shaw.
Inspired by Shaw’s approach and winemaking philosophy gleaned whilst show judging with Shaw, Andrew moved to Rosemount in 1999 where he was promoted to senior winemaker with responsibility for premium wines. With the merger of Southcorp and Rosemount in 2001, Andrew was appointed winemaker and winery manager of the Rosemount Denman winery.
Andrew’s accumulated experience across different wine regions, varieties and wine styles has reached its pinnacle at Blue Pyrenees Estate, with one respected wine-writer stating that under Andrew’s stewardship “the Blue Pyrenees wines are the best they have ever been.”
Andrew is a prominent and respected wine judge and panel leader on the Australian wine show circuit.
Inspired by his experiences in London Chris went on to study Winemaking at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga and start a career that eventually led him to his current position as winemaker at Blue Pyrenees Estate. Previously, Chris was the winemaker at Virgin Hills and winemaker/ viticulturist at Goona Warra Vineyard, two other eminent central Victorian vineyards noted for their mature vineyards and classic red wines. Prior to that, various vintages have taken Chris to wineries in Coonawarra, and the Hunter and Yarra Valleys. He has been an integral part of the Blue Pyrenees winemaking team since 2002 and lives with his family in nearby Castlemaine.
Chris hopes for world peace, a Collingwood Premiership, and a Jimmy Watson Trophy.
Working at Southcorp’s Tumbarumba (located in one of Australia’s coolest vineyard regions) between 1992 and 1998, Sean progressed from Vineyard Hand to Supervisor to Manager. At this vineyard Sean oversaw the production of premium and super premium sparkling base, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc.
Sean’s next challenge was as Vineyard Manager for a Southcorp Greenfields development of 180 hectares between 1998 and 2002.
Later Sean managed vineyards and fruit intake for Calatrasi in Sicily, where he settled for four years from 2003. Here he was Chief Viticulturist and had oversight of 80 hectares of vineyards in Italy and 200 hectares in Tunisia, also planting another 360 hectares in Puglia, Sicily and Tunisia (mainly Primitivo, Nero d’Avola and Syrah).
Sean joined the Blue Pyrenees team in 2006. His various experiences, especially those European, have added complimentary skills to the Blue Pyrenees Estate management team.