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Friday 8 June 2018

Swincer named chief winemaker at Jacob's Creek

Dan Swincer
Jacob’s Creek has announced the appointment of Dan Swincer as its new chief winemaker, taking over from Canada-bound Ben Bryant.

Swincer now takes responsibility for wines that are sold in 77 countries across the world. It has been estimated that global wine drinkers enjoying approximately 1.7 million glasses of Jacob’s Creek wine daily.

Swincer is familiar with the Jacob’s Creek range having joined the company in 2006, and held the position of group red winemaker since 2015.

Since August 2015, he has also been chief winemaker of the fine wine brand St Hugo.

In 2011, The Wine Society voted him Young Winemaker of the Year, and in 2015 he was a Len Evans Tutorial scholar.

Pernod Ricard Global Operations Director Brett McKinnon said the appointment was a testament to Swincer's skills and vision.

“Since joining us, Dan has held a series of winemaking roles and has confirmed his place as a leading Australian winemaker, working with his team to create award-winning wines that are the best possible expression of the fruit from each vintage,” McKinnon said.

“Dan is a truly progressive and talented winemaker who is very well positioned to take our Australian wines to markets around the globe.”

Commenting on his new appointment, Swincer said it was an exciting development in his career.

“Jacob’s Creek is such an influential winery here in Australia and throughout the world, where it plays an important role in showcasing Australian wines to the world," he said. "It will be an honour to continue to grow this legacy.

“The role as chief winemaker is a tremendous opportunity and exciting challenge, and I look forward to continuing to work with the incredible team at Jacob’s Creek.”

He will continue in his role as chief winemaker at St Hugo, with an announcement to be made in due course about a replacement.

Jacob's Creek is one of Australia’s leading global wine brands, first launched in 1976 and named after the spot where Johann Gramp planted his first vines on the banks of Jacob’s Creek in 1847.


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