After an extensive global search, Craggy Range is delighted to announce the appointment of Julian Grounds to the role of Chief Winemaker.
Julian and his wife Sara and their two young children will relocate to New Zealand in January 2019, nearly 10 years after they first met during harvest in Central Otago in 2010.
Julian is a phenomenal talent with exceptional international experience having worked in Central Otago, Oregon, Burgundy, Yarra Valley and more recently in Margaret River as Chief Winemaker for Cloudy Bay founder, McHenry Hohnen.
Julian was the Dux of the 2017 Len Evans Tutorial, one of Australia’s most prestigious wine industry acknowledgement for individuals, as well as Dux of Viticulture and Oenology at Curtain University winning the Leeuwin/Talijancich award for future leadership.
Craggy Range Advisor Kym Milne MW commented “Julian is one of the most talented young winemakers in the industry at the moment. He is passionate, ambitious and truly visionary. It is really exciting to think of how he will evolve Craggy Range in the future.”
Julian commented “The potential of the New Zealand wine industry is unrivaled in the world at the moment. Add to this Craggy’s international reputation, absolute focus on quality and an aspiration to sit alongside the great wines of the world, makes it a really exciting opportunity. I am really very humbled by the opportunity and look forward to making a positive contribution to what is already an iconic New Zealand brand.”
Craggy Range CEO Michael Wilding commented “This is arguably the most exciting period for the winery since its inception in the late 1990’s. We are not only achieving incredible success both here and abroad, but after a three year search, the Peabody Family are making their largest new vineyard investments in more than a decade. Julian will play a pivotal role in defining the plantings and trials as we embark on this journey, which will not only support our growth, but most importantly will push our quality and leadership in the ultra-premium NZ wine category further.”