By Sophie Pyrgiotis
Jacob’s Creek has revealed it has appointed a new Chief Winemaker with the current Group Red Winemaker, Dan Swincer, stepping up into the role.
Swincer has been with Jacob’s Creek since 2006 and since 2015 has held the Group Red Winemaker role, as well as being the Chief Winemaker for St Hugo.
Pernod Ricard Winemakers’ Global Operations Director, Brett McKinnon, welcomed Swincer into the role, saying: “Dan has held a series of winemaking roles, Dan has confirmed his place as a leading Australian winemaker, working with his team to create award-winning wines that are the best possible expression of the fruit from each vintage.
“Dan is a truly progressive and talented winemaker who is very well positioned to take our Australian wines to markets around the globe.”
As well as his roles at Jacob’s Creek, Swincer’s résumé also includes being voted by the Wine Society as Young Winemaker of the year in 2011, and in 2015 he was one out 12 wine professionals to be selected as a scholar in the highly acclaimed ‘Len Evans Tutorial’.
“Jacob’s Creek is such an influential winery here in Australia and throughout the world, where it plays an important role in showcasing Australian wines to the world. It will be an honour to continue to grow this legacy,” said Swincer.
He added: “The role as Chief Winemaker is a tremendous opportunity and exciting challenge, and I look forward to continuing to work with the incredible team at Jacob’s Creek.”
Swincer will continue in his role as Chief Winemaker at St Hugo, with an announcement to be made in due course about a replacement.