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Louisa Rose – Chief Winemaker

During her 20-year career at Yalumba, Louisa Rose has become one of the world’s most respected winemakers. Louisa is passionate about creating great Australian wine. She has forged an identity for Australian Viognier, winning multiple awards in the process, and challenges perceptions of Barossa Shiraz, all while leading her viticultural and vinicultural teams to ever greater heights. She is the custodian of both Yalumba traditions and innovation at the winery. It’s a big task but one she has been preparing for since her first vintage at Yalumba in 1992. Louisa will shortly be taking up a new role within Hill-Smith Family Estates as Head of Sustainability and Brand Ambassador and will be handing the baton of Chief Winemaker over to Sam Wigan.

Sam Wigan

An avid lover of food, Sam has been an integral part of Yalumba’s exploration into new and emerging food friendly varieties such as Vermentino, Tempranillo, Verdejo and Garganega.

Having grown up in the Barossa, it was inevitable that Sam would become part of the wine industry as soon as school was out. With two vintages under his belt, Sam started at Yalumba in 2001, and has been a passionate contributor to the team ever since.  Out of work you’ll find Sam in the kitchen, pairing pork belly with his own Yalumba Barossa Grenache Shiraz Mataro.  Sam is looking forward to taking over as Chief Winemaker during the 2024 vintage.

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Kevin Glastonbury

Kevin Glastonbury or ​‘KG’ is the Senior Red Winemaker for Yalumba, which also includes the sourcing and purchasing of oak for Yalumba’s cooperage. His blend of passion and expertise has been recognised with numerous accolades, such as becoming a Len Evan tutorial scholar, respected wine judge, and Wine estate ​‘Winemaker of the Year’.