Tasmanian winery, Pooley Wines, has announced the appointment of a new Vineyard Manager and Viticulturalist.

Steven Ferguson joins the Pooley Wines team with two decades of experience in the industry, including at the Hunter Valley’s Mount Pleasant Winery where he was recognised as the 2021 Viticulturist of the Year. In part, this was due to his rejuvenation of three vineyards of century-old vines, originally planted by Maurice O’Shea in 1921.

Ferguson is also no stranger to Launceston wineries, managing 61 hectares of vineyards as Vineyard Manager at Joseph Chromy Winery.

“I am honoured to have been appointed to this role at Pooley Wines as I have always held this brand in high regard as a premium producer in Australia. The quality of fruit grown in this part of Tasmania is exceptional, and I am looking forward to working with the team to continue producing premium wines that showcase and celebrate this unique region,” Ferguson said.

“I love my role as a Vineyard Manager as I enjoy that every growing season is different and working with a committed teams to produce the best grapes possible. I like that no two seasons are the same and I also enjoy the challenge of making the vineyard run as efficiently as possible.”

John Pooley, Managing Director at Pooley Wines, expressed his excitement at Ferguson joining the team.

“Steven will be an invaluable asset to the Pooley Wines team, where his vast experience will play a pivotal role in the continued success of the winery and the future development within the vineyard. Steven is a very talented and highly respected Vineyard Manager who is meticulous with his vine care and management,” Pooley said.

“As the new Vineyard Manager and Viticulturist, Steven will play an intrinsic role on the success of our next vintage and will work closely with our Chief Winemakers, Anna Pooley and Justin Bubb, in providing the team the best grapes possible for our premium wine creation.

“At Pooley Wines, it is all about passion, persistence and perfection, and we are looking forward in Steven being an important part of our Pooley Wines family.”

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