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Gwyn Olsen to take on head winemaker role with Pepper Tree

Pepper Tree announced yesterday that Gwyn Olsen has been appointed as new head winemaker for the brand.

Olsen comes from her current position as winemaker and general manager of Briar Ridge Vineyard where she has been responsible for outstanding growth and wine show success over the past two years.

Her awards include Gourmet Traveller Young Winemaker of the Year in 2014, Dux of the AWRI Advanced Wine Assessment Course in 2014 and Hunter Valley Rising Star award in 2015 while her wines have won six trophies and gold medals in the past two years.

John Davis, Pepper Tree chairman, said Olsen was one of the country’s most exciting young winemakers.

“Gwyn brings not only her much awarded winemaking skills but also great business acumen at a time when our company is making important growth plans in both local and international markets.  We look forward to the future with great anticipation”.

Olsen’s new role encompasses overseeing the winemaking for Briar Ridge and Tallavera Grove|Carillion.

Pepper Tree also announced the appointment of Justin Harrison as executive sales and marketing manager.  Harrison brings over 15 years of experience to this role having worked with some of this industry’s leading wine producers and distributors.

Harrison’s role will cover not only the company’s traditional focus on direct customer sales but also the ever increasing export opportunities being offered to the company.



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