Thomas Woodberrys is delighted to welcome Louisa Rose, Chief winemaker with Yalumba. Louisa will be stopping off in the shop tomorrow night, Friday 30th of October for an informal tasting at 7.30 pm. All are welcome for what is sure to be an interesting and informative evening with one of Australia’s top wine makers.
In 1992 while studying winemaking at Rosewood, Louisa worked a vintage in the Yalumba Cellars in the Barossa Valley, as part of her study. She returned to Yalumba the following year, this time as assistant wine maker having graduated from Roseworthy as Dux of her class. Seventeen years and that many vintages later, Louisa has being involved with almost facet of winemaking and cellar management at Yalumba. She quietly stepped into the position of Chief winemaker at the end of 2006, as chief winemaker she is responsible for all the wines of Yalumba. But Louisa still retains hands on responsibility in areas where her work is probably best known: Yalumba’s Viognier wines (a grape where she is considered one of the worlds top experts) and those produced in the Pewsey Vale vineyard in Eden Valley.
Her work has not gone unnoticed outside of Yalumba, having been awarded Barossa Winemaker of the Year Award in 1999. In October 2008 Louisa was named as the ‘Winemaker of The Year’ by the prestigious Gourmet Traveller WINE Magazine – a case of third time lucky following two previous nominations in 2000 and 2005. This award proudly sits alongside Louisa’s 2004 acknowledgement by International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC) as winner of the 2004 Women in Wine Award. She started as an Australian Wine Show Judge in 1997; Louisa is now heavily involved in judging at Australian and International Wine Shows including first female Chair of Judges at the Perth Royal Wine Show.