Brokenwood Wines is pleased to announce Stuart Hordern's promotion to Chief Winemaker.
Stuart's extensive knowledge of winemaking and passion for the Hunter Valley region has made him an invaluable member of our team. He has been part of our family since 2009, starting as an Assistant Winemaker. He has now been promoted to Chief Winemaker, only the second person in the 54-year history of the company to hold this position.
Stuart's dedication to the craft has been evident from the beginning. He grew up on a family vineyard and has been working with vines since he was old enough to drive a tractor. He also gained invaluable experience working for Tyrrell's and undertaking several vintages in France.
During his time at Brokenwood, Stuart and his team have significantly contributed to our wines' quality. Our Brokenwood Graveyard Vineyard Shiraz has maintained its position as the highest level of Langton's Classification of collectible Australian wines - 1st Classified and remains the only red wine in New South Wales to hold this position. Our winery has also been awarded a Halliday 5-star red winery, with our wines receiving numerous gold medals and trophies at various wine shows.
Some notable wine show wins from 2023 include the National Wine of Provence Trophy for the Indigo Vineyard Chardonnay (2012, 2016 & 2022) and the F Miller & Co Prize for Winemaker of National Wine of Provence, both from the Royal Adelaide Wine Show.
In addition to his winemaking expertise, Stuart has been instrumental in leading our region through the post-COVID era as the President of the Hunter Valley Wine Tourism Association for the last two years. We are confident that Stuart's expertise and leadership will continue to drive our business forward.
As we begin Vintage 2024, let us raise a glass to celebrate Stuart's promotion. Please join us in congratulating Stuart on this well-deserved recognition.