Jacob’s Creek has announced the appointment of Dan Swincer as chief winemaker. He replaces Ben Bryant who resigned several months ago.
Dan now has responsibility for the style and quality of these iconic wines that are sold in 77 countries across the world, with global wine drinkers enjoying approximately 1.7 million glasses of Jacob’s Creek wine daily.
He’s very familiar with the Jacob’s Creek range of wines, which have always been a true expression of the people behind the label, having joined the company in 2006, and held the position of group red winemaker since 2015.
Since August 2015, Dan has also been chief winemaker of St Hugo, where he has proven himself to maintain the power and elegance of the renowned red wines, and introduce a now highly-awarded riesling and just released chardonnay.
In 2011, The Wine Society voted him Young Winemaker of the Year, and in 2015 he was one of only 12 wine professionals to be selected as a scholar in the highly-acclaimed Len Evans Tutorial.
Pernod Ricard Winemakers global pperations director Brett McKinnon said the appointment is a testament to Dan’s skills and vision.
“Since joining us, Dan has held a series of winemaking roles, Dan has confirmed his place as a leading Australian winemaker, working with his team to create award-winning wines that are the best possible expression of the fruit from each vintage,” Brett said.
“Dan is a truly progressive and talented winemaker who is very well positioned to take our Australian wines to markets around the globe.”
Dan said it was an exciting development in his winemaking career.
“Jacob’s Creek is such an influential winery here in Australia and throughout the world, where it plays an important role in showcasing Australian wines to the world. It will be an honour to continue to grow this legacy,” Dan said.
“The role as chief winemaker is a tremendous opportunity and exciting challenge, and I look forward to continuing to work with the incredible team at Jacob’s Creek.”
Dan will continue in his role as chief winemaker at St Hugo, with an announcement to be made in due course about a replacement.