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Wednesday 26 October 2022

McCallum steps up at TarraWarra Estate

Adam McCallum is the new chief winemaker at leading Yarra Valley producer TarraWarra Estate.

He takes over from long-time winemaker Clare Halloran, who is taking a break and departed earlier this year.

McCallum was born and raised in the Yarra and has worked at wineries in both Australia and France.

He started in the industry at the bottom, working in a wine shop in Croydon and behind the bar at the Yarra Glen Hotel before catching the wine bug.

After a chance encounter with Steve Webber, he was given the opportunity to work his first vintage at De Bortoli Wines in the Yarra, kickstarting his career.

His CV includes stints in Domaine Motrot in Burgundy, at Yarra Yering and McPherson Wines in Victoria, Frankland Estate in Western Australia, and most recently under O'Halloran at TarraWarra Estate.

He says he enjoys drinking wines that are subtle, elegant and well balanced, and believes these attributes are not exclusive to expensive wines. His varieties of choice are, unsurprisingly, pinot noir and chardonnay - TarraWarra Estate’s most celebrated wines.

​TarraWarra Estate is a 400-hectare property which includes 28 hectares of vines and a lovely cellar door and restaurant, as well as the TarraWarra Museum of Art. See

1 comment:

  1. Adam is one of the most generous and lovely people I know. Tarrawarra is in good hands