Joanne Ahearne MW

Joanne Ahearne MW

Date an MW: 2008
Based in: Croatia
Profession: Winemaker

Member profile

  • Website
  • Email Joanne Ahearne MW at home
  • Current employer

    Ahearne Vino/Focuswine Ltd

  • Work Address

    Put Police 23

  • Work City

    Sveta Nedjelja

  • Work County

    Otok Hvar

  • Work Postcode


  • Work Country


  • Work Telephone

    03 8591 766 4515

  • Work Email address

  • Non-wine hobbies

    Getting depressed about my inability to learn Croatian and West Ham's disastrous move to the Olympic stadium take up most of my non-wine life...


Jo is a winemaking consultant. In 1998 she completed her Oenology Degree in Australia where she has worked with iconic boutique wineries such as Charles Melton and Pipers Brook, as well as making wine for global brands such as Jacobs Creek and Hardy's. During the early 1990's she worked with UK wine merchant Oddbins, returning in 2004 as winemaker/blender for the influential supermarket Marks & Spencer. In 2011 Jo moved on to become the Head Wine Buyer for Harrods. In Europe she has had a variety of consultancies in Spain, France, Italy, Hungary and Macedonia working with wineries to refine and improve the quality of their wines in general and to fit the UK market specifically. Since 2014 she has also been making her own wine on the Dalmatian island of Hvar in Croatia.