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Thursday 24 December 2020

Leading Tasmanian winemaker strikes out on his own

Jeremy Dineen,  chief winemaker and general manager at Josef Chromy Wines in Tasmania for over 15 years, has announced his resignation. 

Dineen was employed by Chromy before the business even launched, making the first wines in primitive conditions. 

He helped make the Josef Chromy brand one of Tasmania's leading producers. 

Dineen said he hoped to "focus more on my own winemaking and consulting and hopefully spend some more time with my family". 

Tasmanian-born Dineen was hand-picked by Chromy to head his new operation in 2004 after shining at Hood Wines and Frogmore Creek. 

"Steering the growth of Josef Chromy Wines from the purchase of the vineyard in 2004 has been an amazing experience and I will be eternally grateful to Joe for the opportunity and the trust he placed in me," Dineen said. 

"I believe I am leaving the business in a very strong position, with some great wines, strong brands and exciting plans for the next phase of growth and development. The outstanding team at Josef Chromy Wines will remain and they are all well placed to ensure the continued success of the business."

An announcement will be made shortly regarding the appointment of a new general manager. 

"It has been a privilege to be a part of the Josef Chromy story and I have enjoyed, not just the achievements of the vineyard, winery and restaurant, but the strong relationships formed with so many people during these years," Dineen said.

"I wish all the Josef Chromy team the best for the future and I look forward to following their continued success."

Dineen plans to consult as well as building on the success of the Haddow and Dineen label with Bruny Island cheesemaker Nick Haddow. 

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