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Tuesday 11 June 2019

Elderton keep winemaking role in the family

Family-owned Barossa Valley winery Elderton has looked from within to find a new chief winemaker and viticulturist. 

Julie Ashmead, a member of the Campbell family of Rutherglen winemaking fame and husband of Cameron Ashmead, will take on the newly created position of head of production, overseeing both viticulture and winemaking at Elderton. 

Along with raising half of the third generation of Ashmeads with Cameron, Julie is the fifth generation winemaker at Campbells of Rutherglen, has worked vintages around the world and previously held positions at Two Hands and Turkey Flat. 

She will be aided in the vineyards by our head Vvticulturalist Peter Wild, and his new understudy Conrad Pohlinger, a graduate viticulturalist/winemaker from Adelaide University who has recently joined the Elderton team. 

A search is underway for an operational winemaker following the departure of Richard Langford, who resigned in early June to take up a new opportunity with Michael Twelftree and the crew at Two Hands. 

Langford spent 17 years at Elderton. "Richard will always be a friend, and be remembered favourably in the history of our family wine company," the Ashmead family said. 

The Elderton board has also expanded with Lorraine Ashmead (first generation co-founder) wishing to step back. Her sons Cameron and Allister, as co-managing directors, decided to take the board to another level. 

They have created three new non-executive board member positions which have been filled by Paul Evans (Ironbridge Capital) as the new chair, Steve Smith MW (NZ’s first Master of Wine, and most famous for his work setting up Craggy Range) and accountant James Hooper. 

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