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We can’t travel but we can talk. This webinar will get the views of winemakers on how Pinot Noir is grown and made in some of the most premium Pinot regions in the new world. We will discuss the 2020 vintage – the first vintage run during a global pandemic. Ideal for those who are keen to explore the intriguing world of Pinot Noir.
Fran Austin, Owner/Winemaker, Delamere Vineyards, Pipers Brook – Tasmania, Australia
Jane Cooper, Owner/Winemaker, Alexia, Greytown Urban Winery – Wairarapa, New Zealand
Nadine Cross, Winemaker, Peregrine Wines Limited – Central Otago, New Zealand
Kathy McBride, Owner/Winemaker, Filigree and Stone & Winemaker, Walter Scott Wine
The event will be moderated by Meg Brodtmann MW and there will be an opportunity for attendees to ask questions.
About the panellists
Fran Austin is the co-owner of Delamere Vineyard at Pipers Brook in Tasmania. Fran joined her husband, Shane, in their Delamere Vineyard business in 2011. Relocating to Tasmania from her home state of Western Australia a decade earlier to pursue a passion for cool climate wines, Fran’s interest in Champagne style wines trace back to her days studying winemaking at Adelaide University. With many years of winemaking experience in top wine regions around the world, including Burgundy, Oregon, Yarra Valley and the Adelaide Hills, Fran chose to settle in Tasmania due to the unparalleled fruit quality. Who would have predicted a girl from Kalgoorlie would end up making cool climate wine in the apple isle? Not many! But certainly there is no place Fran would rather be. Fran was the 2005 Gourmet Traveller Young Winemaker of the Year, 2009 Len Evans Tutorial Scholar and 2016 Don Martin Fellow.
Jane started her wine career halfway through a law degree. One day she stepped into a winery, breathed it in and immediately switched to chemistry before studying winemaking and viticulture. Made wine in Nelson for Seifried Estate, Te Mania, Richmond Plains and Kaimira Estate with vintages in Chile, Italy and Australia in between. Moved to Wairarapa in the early 2000s and spent 14 years as general manager and chief winemaker at Matahiwi Estate. Left in 2016, re-launched a rejuvenated Alexia, picked apples and pears to make Eau de vie, and designed Alexia HQ on the back of an envelope. Now runs her own little show. First urban vintage completed in 2020.
Winemaker at Peregrine since 2010, Nadine brings experience from France, California and Marlborough to the unique climate of Central Otago. Lured into winemaking by the combination of environment, travel, food and wine, it’s a job she loves doing everyday – in one of the most beautiful wine regions in the world. For Nadine, winemaking is about learning, being observant and quality focused, in order to let the land and environment speak through the wine.
Kathy started her working life as a gymnastics coach, moving on to Events Director and celebrity babysitter in 5-star hotels across the world before making the wise decision to become a winemaker. Her first vintage was at Leeuwin Estate in Margaret River. Kathy moved to Rob Dolan Wines in the Yarra Valley in 2016 and her time was spent between the Yarra Valley and Walter Scott Wines in the Willamette Valley, Oregon. In 2019 Kathy established Filigree & Stone – a premium wine brand focusing on her beloved regions of the Yarra and Willamette Valleys – the ultimate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay regions.
About the IMW webinar series
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Date and Time
Start: 6 August 2020, 9:00 BST
End: 6 August 2020, 10:30 BST
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