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Introducing Knappstein’s new winemaker

Julian Langworthy is Knappstein Enterprise Winery and Brewery’s new winemaker.

Knappstein winery and brewery, nestled in the heart of the Clare Valley in South Australia, is a long way from Julian’s childhood home of the Margaret River in Western Australia.

It is however a fitting move for a winemaker whose career has been spurred on by his fascination with making wine in the new and old world from the “noble” varieties of riesling, cabernet sauvignon and shiraz – varieties which have come to be synonymous with Knappstein and Clare.

According to Julian: “I am excited to join an established winery such as Knappstein. My goal is to continue the impressive riesling pedigree – particularly with the Ackland Vineyard expression – that has been built over successive vintages. I’m very keen to bring my red winemaking experience with premium cabernet sauvignon and shiraz to the table as I believe Knappstein’s finely crafted reds, particularly the Enterprise Cabernet, have boundless potential.”

Julian’s passion for wine was sparked by a childhood spent following his ornithologist father through vineyards studying and managing agricultural pests. But it was his realisation that marine biology (the first university course studied) was best as an interest as opposed to a lifelong career that stimulated him to enrol in Adelaide University’s distinguished oenology course.

Prior to Knappstein, Julian worked in South Australia’s Coonawarra wine region, first at Jamieson’s Run and most recently at Wynns Coonawarra Estate. It was his fascination for the complexity and ageing potential of premium cabernet sauvignon which drew him to the region’s famed ‘terra rossa’ soils. This same fascination with regionally distinctive wines underscores his decision to move to Knappstein and the Clare Valley.

“A winery’s heart is its vineyards and I am hugely excited by the opportunity offered by Knappstein’s vineyards. The Ackland and Enterprise vineyards will provide some wonderful parcels of super premium fruit, essential for crafting benchmark regionally distinctive wines. I’m looking forward to working with the team including viticulturist Kate Strachan in refining and exploring the style of Knappstein wines in a nuanced, modern manner while being respectful of Knappstein’s heritage.”

Along with the winemaking duties comes a refreshing twist — Julian studied beer making at university and is a keen ‘home brewer’, making him quite excited about the chance to work with the Knappstein brewing team on the award winning Knappstein Reserve Lager (and no doubt enjoy a few at the end of a long winery day).

A keen surfer, diver, fisherman and foodie, Julian is looking forward to unleashing his home-made prosciutto on the Clare region and continuing his exploration of wines from around the world.

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