Meet the Friendly Faces of Fermentation from Team Lallemand Australia Š—– Simon Kinley

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Fermentation specialist Lallemand provides applied fermentation technical support and shares its knowledge of fermentation application, the market needs and commercialisation of new R&D innovations in the field of microbiology. With representatives all around the country, there’s one in every major wine region from the Hunter to Margaret River. Following a recent new partnership deal, Winequip is now the sole distributor for Lallemand biological products in WA, NSW, ACT, QLD, VIC and TAS. In this blog series, we introduce you to the faces behind Winequip and Lallemand, so you know who to look to in your part of the wine world. Next up, we chat to Simon Kinley. 

What is your role with Lallemand?
I’m the Technical Sales Manager for Lallemand and I provide technical support for our multi winery site corporate customers, the Riverland region and South East Asia. I also serve in an ambassador role with our distribution partner Winequip on the east coast of Australia to support their sales team in these regions.

What do you love about your job?
The diversity throughout the year and even on the same day. Wine and winemaking technology never stops moving so there is a steady stream of new products and innovations emerging from the global wine industry all the time. Lallemand is at the forefront of many of these technologies and it is really exciting to be involved in these projects. For instance, in V15 I coordinated the world’s first commercial scale trials of our new low alcohol yeast – IONYS – in two Australian wineries. I feel proud to be a part of that.

What makes Lallemand unique in your eyes?
The people within the company are everything. From the top down there are passionate, driven people trying to solve common problems faced by winemakers around the world with innovative, cutting edge research from all around the world. Being able to provide support for our customers based on world expert’s knowledge in bacteria, sparkling or whatever field of winemaking is incredibly valuable.

How do you think Lallemand’s role has changed in the wine landscape over the years?
I think Lallemand’s role is being valued more and more by our customers. We provide excellent technical support and innovative products which is something that a lot of large companies have let slip in recent years.

Simon Kinley
When you’re not at work, where might we find you?
Working on a project at home or in the garden, out fishing in my kayak, at SA Base Camp obstacle course training or playing with my two sons.

Want to meet more of the team at Lallemand? Click here for Lallemand commercial director Jason Amos, here for Winequip Sales rep Rebecca Hellweg, here for Sales Manager for WA Amanda Kramer, here for Winequip’s Peter Kopiec or here for microbiologist Eveline Bartowsky.

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