Hunter Valley winery Brokenwood Wines has announced the promotion of Stuart Hordern to Chief Winemaker, making him the second person to hold this position in the 54-year history of Brokenwood.
Since joining the business in 2009 as Assistant Winemaker, Hordern has garnered significant experience in winemaking in the Hunter Valley region. Hordern’s interest in wine began at a young age having grown up on a family vineyard, later working for Tyrrell’s and undertaking several vintages in France.
As former President of the Hunter Valley Tourism Association, stepping down last year after his two year term, Hordern played a significant role leading the region post-pandemic.
During his time at Brokenwood, the winery has received numerous accolades, including the 2023 National Wine of Provence Trophy for the Indigo Vineyard Chardonnay (2012, 2016 and 2022) and the 2023 F Miller & Co Prize for Winemaker of National Wine of Provence, and has been awarded a Halliday five-star red winery.
Hordern has also seen the Brokenwood Graveyard Vineyard Shiraz maintain its position at the highest level of Langton’s Classification of collectible Australian wines.
Geoff Krieger, Brokenwood Wines CEO, spoke about the appointment: “We are confident that Stuart’s expertise and leadership will continue to drive our business forward.
“As we begin Vintage 2024, let us raise a glass to celebrate Stuart’s promotion. Please join me in congratulating Stuart on this well-deserved recognition.”