By Andy Young

Hunter Valley based Brokenwood Wines has appointed Kate Sturgess as its new assistant winemaker.

Since graduating from the University of Adelaide as a Bachelor of Viticulture and Oenology, Sturgess has worked in a number of Australian wine regions, as well as at the Culmina Estate in Canada's Okanagan Valley.

Joining from Balnaves of Coonawarra, Sturgess said: "I'm looking forward to the rewards and challenges that Brokenwood presents, especially the diverse regional sourcing of grapes as well as the unique wine styles that are the Hunter Valley."

Brokenwood's chief winemaker and managing director Iain Riggs added: "With the appointment of Stuart Hordern as senior winemaker, we were looking for an enthusiastic, qualified winemaker to assist in all aspects of the Brokenwood winemaking operation. 

"Kate has shown a passion for the wine industry including cellar work, laboratory, public relations and wine show judging. I have no doubt Kate will be a great asset to Brokenwood as we head to our 44th vintage in 2016 and beyond."

Sturgess, who will join Brokenwood in early August gained experience at Wirra Wirra, De Iuliis Wines and joined Mount Langi Ghiran full time after her studies and travel before moving to Coonawarra.

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