2017 AUSTRALIAN WINEMAKER OF THE YEAR
and winemaker at Yarra Yering
Sarah began her wine industry career in 2001 when she joined Brokenwood in the Hunter Valley initially working in the vineyard.
Beginning a Bachelor of Applied Science in Viticulture in 2002 she also completed her first harvest in the winery where her future would be.
After working her way to Assistant Winemaker in 2004, Sarah began to oversee the processing of Brokenwood’s Victorian fruit from the Beechworth region.
Sarah started exploring the world of wine via international harvests working in Oregon in 2004 and 2006 focusing mainly on Pinot noir and Chardonnay at Adelsheim Vineyard and Ponzi Family Vineyards, and the Rhone Valley in 2008 working at Paul Jaboulet Aine working with Viognier and Shiraz.
In May 2009, Sarah was the recipient of the Hunter Valley Wine Industry Association’s Hunter Legends “Rising Star of the Year” Award. This award instigated a new job opportunity with Swish Wine where Sarah was at the helm as Chief Winemaker constructing a new winery for the young company.
In September 2010, Sarah joined the team at Bimbadgen, to the position of Senior Winemaker. Here Sarah enjoyed making many varieties from across Australia’s premium grape growing regions in a range of wine styles from sparkling to table wine and botrytis and fortified wines.
“My philosophy has always been: Drink less, drink better.”
Throughout 2010 Sarah took part in the Future Leaders of the Wine Industry Program as well as being accepted as one of only twelve people into the prestigious Len Evans Tutorial Program.
Wine Show judging is an integral part of Sarah’s calendar year with up to five wine shows judged to expand her palate and knowledge of industry trends.
Sarah joined the team at Yarra Yering in September 2013 as Winemaker and is excited to be focusing on a single iconic vineyard site and giving the individual blocks and varieties the time and attention they deserve.
In August, 2016 Sarah was awarded one of the wine industry’s highest honours, being named by James Halliday as Winemaker of the Year for 2017 at the QANTAS epiQure Halliday Wine Companion Awards.
Now at the helm of one of the Yarra Valley’s best wineries, Sarah will continue the tradition that Dr BB Carrodus started in 1969 with the first vineyard plantings at Yarra Yering.