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Our Winemaker

Winemaker Ian McKenzie

Whilst Eric Leeke and his sons were still clearing their recently acquired acreage in Victoria, Master McKenzie was living with his parents on the family fruit growing property at Barmera in South Australia’s Riverland and attending the local high school.

Ian had mapped out before him the intention of going to university. Joining the world of wine was not part of his overall plan for life, but when the nearby Berri Co-operative winery and distillery sent a message to the school offering a post as a trainee winemaker he decided to apply and was given the job. So began his distinguished passage from apprentice at the Berri facility to head winemaker with Southcorp at Seppelt, Great Western.

His experience has encompassed judging at national and international wine shows, especially during the very formative era of the 1970’s and 1980’s along with such icons of the industry as Len Evans and Viv Thomson. He still consults for a number of high profile wineries both in Australia, South Africa and Chile and ensures that whilst drawing upon his reserves gained over the last forty odd years he keeps abreast of the ever changing practices in this dynamic environment by attending seminars, networking and reading widely.

Kimbarra Wines are lucky to have the services of Ian McKenzie and hope that it will continue for many years to come, his knowledge of the industry, breadth of experience and finesse of palate are such as can only be gained from a lifetime of exposure to the very best that the wine industry has to offer.