Monday, 11 January 2021

A changing of the guard at one of Australia's star wineries

Howard Park has added rising star Nic Bowen to its winemaking team as chief winemaker, starting with the 2021 vintage. 

Much-awarded Janice McDonald will remain in a senior role at the Margaret River and Great Southern producer, being named as director of winemaking.

Born into a well-known West Australian winemaking family, Bowen has spent the best part of 16  vintages honing his skills at prestigious wineries both in Australia and internationally. 

He is currently employed as the senior winemaker/manager for Accolade’s flagship Tintara Winery, the home of winemaking for Hardys, Chateau Reynella, Leasingham and Yarra Burn. 

‘I am extremely excited to be joining Howard Park; a great Western Australia marque with family heritage at its heart,’ Bowen says. 

‘I have great respect for the Burch family and the wines produced under the Burch Family Wines umbrella.’

‘Having been born in the Great Southern and having studied winemaking in Margaret River, I’ve always had a soft spot for West Australian wines. 

"Returning to the region is an amazing opportunity to immerse myself once again and I am thrilled to be working alongside a valued and experienced team.’

Burch Family Wines owner Jeff Burch says" "Nic’s passion and enthusiasm for sparkling wine stood out, but his broad skillset and ability to make quality wines across the board will complement and build upon our knowledge that can only enhance our offering.

"He and Janice will make a formidable team." 

Family owned and operated, Burch Family Wines produce Howard Park, MadFish, Marchand & Burch and Mon Tout and distribute Champagne marque Franck Bonville. The company is a member of Australia's First Families of Wine.

See www.howardparkwines.com.au

 

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