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Tuesday 28 June 2022

Voyager Estate signs up Shand

After a widespread search, Margaret River winery Voyager Estate is has announced the appointment of Tim Shand as its new chief winemaker.

The successor to Steve James, Shand will lead both the winemaking and viticulture teams.

Originally from Perth, Shand starter his career in the Clare Valley, followed by international stints in iconic winemaking regions Chianti, Bordeaux, Oregon, and Burgundy, including at Ch√Ęteau Margaux and Domaine Dujac in France, before returning home to take up residence in 2011 at Giant Steps in the Yarra Valley, under head winemaker Steve Flamsteed.

Since 2014 he has headed up the team at Punt Road in the Yarra Valley.

“The name Voyager Estate evokes a deep and enthusiastic response in wine lovers everywhere,” Shand says. “They have a proven history of growing outstanding wines in a world class region.

“From afar I have admired Voyager's visionary approach to genuine sustainability in viticulture and winemaking, as well as their enviable location.”

Voyager Estate owner Alexandra Burt says: “We have deliberately taken our time to find the right person to lead Voyager Estate’s winemaking and viticulture into the next era.

“Of the many standout qualities that Tim brings with him, perhaps the most significant are his depth of thought and curiosity - about all things - along with his generosity and humility.

“He also brings a very considered ambition for the wines and those who know him well know that he is always looking far over the horizon when setting a vision.

“Tim has risen to the top of a remarkable field of candidates and adding him to our already accomplished team is beyond exciting.”

Shand formally commences on August 1.

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