Craggy Range appoints new chief winemaker
Craggy Range has announced the appointment of a new chief winemaker to replace Matt Stafford. Shortly before the announcement, Craggy Range General Manager Aaron Drummond told me that after a global search they had a couple of hundred good applicants with at least 10 people who would be perfect for the job. At that point, they had whittled it down to just four applicants before announcing that they had chosen Julian Grounds as their new chief winemaker.
Grounds has worked in Central Otago, Oregon, Burgundy, Yarra Valley and more recently in Margaret River as Chief Winemaker for Cloudy Bay founder, McHenry Hohnen. He was the Dux of the 2017 Len Evans Tutorial, one of Australia’s most prestigious wine industry acknowledgement for individuals, as well as Dux of Viticulture and Oenology at Curtin University winning the Leeuwin-Talijancich Award for future leadership.
Craggy Range Advisor Kym Milne MW commented,
“Julian is one of the most talented young winemakers in the industry at the moment. He is passionate, ambitious and truly visionary. It is really exciting to think of how he will evolve Craggy in the future.”
Julian and his wife Sara and their two young children will relocate to New Zealand in January 2019, nearly 10 years after they first met during harvest in Central Otago in 2010.