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Amisfield Wine Company appoints new winemaker

Renowned New Zealand winemaker Claire Mulholland has been appointed by Amisfield Wine Company.

Claire is widely recognised as a leader in her field and her appointment is a coup for Amisfield.

“We are thrilled to have attracted a winemaker of Claire’s calibre whose skill set is so well matched to Amisfield’s core activities,” says General Manager Fleur Caulton. “Her empathy with our ‘grown not made’ philosophy will ensure we continue to develop this aspect of our entire operation.”

Claire was brought up in Central Otago and recently returned to her roots as winemaker at Anthem vineyard in Gibbston Valley. She is best known for her role as Martinborough Vineyard’s winemaker, a position she held for seven years until her return south.

She graduated from Otago University with a Bachelor of Science before completing post graduate studies, which she passed with distinction, in Viticulture and Oenology at Lincoln University.

Claire set out on her winemaking career path in 1996 working as assistant winemaker for Gibbston Valley Wines for four years before moving to Martinborough Vineyards.

She is best known for her affinity for Pinot Noir and has produced a number of award winning wines. She has gained international experience in Australia’s Yarra Valley, Burgundy in France and Oregon USA.

Claire is delighted to be joining the Amisfield team as their new winemaker.

“The company has an excellent reputation in the industry and the vineyard at Lowburn is a fantastic site. The winery production facility is state-of-the-art and it is an exciting time to be joining them,” she says. “I am particularly supportive of the ‘grown not made’ philosophy and sustainable practices Amisfield adheres to. This is something I am keen to see enhanced further.”

Jeff Sinnott, who has been Amisfield’s winemaker since the inaugural vintage in 2002, has taken on a new role as the company’s consultant winemaker.

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