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Friday 16 March 2018

Heath homeward bound to take over at Katnook Estate

Winemaker Tim Heath is quitting one of the biggest jobs in the New Zealand wine industry to return to his home state of South Australia and take over chief winemaker at Katnook Coonawarra. 

Heath is currently senior winemaker at one of the world’s most successful wineries, Cloudy Bay Vineyards, New Zealand, where he has pursued his craft for the past 14 years. 

During this time, he has been responsible for all facets of crafting Cloudy Bay’s internationally renowned wine styles, as well as overseeing winery infrastructure and expansion. He also has extensive experience promoting wine and liaising with key opinion leaders in national and international markets.

He takes over in June from long-serving Katnook winemaker Wayne Stehbens, who died a few months ago. 

Prior to his move to Cloudy Bay, Heath was winemaker at Mountadam in the Barossa Valley, during which time he assisted with vintage at Cave de Tain-l'Hermitage in the Rhone. 

Born and raised in Adelaide, Tim began studying a Bachelor of Science at the University of Adelaide, before transferring to a Bachelor of Oenology, when he realised that winemaking “looked like too much fun to be considered a ‘real’ job”. 

“I’m excited to be joining the team at Katnook, which has some of the finest terroir in the Coonawarra region, as well as an incredible pedigree and history,” Heath said.
Katnook’s executive director of operations and finance, Chris Pike, said of the appointment: “We are thrilled that someone of Tim’s winemaking calibre has accepted this role. Tim brings a wealth of international expertise and creative flair that is certain to build on the great legacy left by Wayne Stehbens and to take Katnook Coonawarra into an exciting future.”

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