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Friday 27 November 2020

Katnook's new owners swoop to sign winemaking talent

Accolade Wines has swooped to sign Natalie Cleghorn as senior winemaker and manager for Katnook Estate as it completed the acquisition of the renowned Coonawarra wine brand.

Cleghorn has been making award-winning wines from the Coonawarra region for more than 10 years. 

Accolade produces a range of heritage-rich wine brands including Grant Burge, Petaluma and St Hallett. 


Katnook Estate is the company’s first acquisition under the new leadership team and Carlyle group ownership. Accolade Wines was first attracted to the region of Coonawarra and then to the heritage of the Katnook winery and vineyard.


Katnook lies in the heart of Coonawarra, a region with a wine history stretching back to 1867. 

Cleghorn starts her new role on January 4, in time for the 2021.vintage. 

“I am thrilled to be joining Katnook Estate and the broader Accolade Wines team," Cleghorn said. 

"I have a great passion for the wines of Coonawarra and the region as a whole. I am looking forward to being able to fully immerse myself focusing on the region, wines and winery and I am excited by the prospect of working with the experienced team to guide this historic brand into the future.”

Cleghorn, a former track rider for the Hayes family at Lindsay Park,  has 21 years of industry experience. 


She has worked for the Hill Smith family’s estate vineyards, including Yalumba, Oxford Landing Estates and Dalrymple as well as a vintage at Clos Figueres in Priorat, Spain. 

She has been working on Yalumba's Coonawarra brands for the past decade. 

Katnook Estate wines are offered under three ranges: Katnook Founder’s Block; Katnook Estate and the limited release range of iconic Coonawarra wines from exceptional vintages, including the Odyssey Cabernet Sauvignon and the Prodigy Shiraz.

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