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Chief Winemaker Adrian Sparks named 2019 Hunter Valley Winemaker of the Year

Chief Winemaker Adrian Sparks named 2019 Hunter Valley Winemaker of the Year

Mount Pleasant is thrilled to announce that Chief Winemaker Adrian Sparks has been awarded the prestigious title of Winemaker of the Year at the Hunter Valley Wine Industry Gala, an annual event that celebrates individuals who have made a significant contribution to the region’s flourishing wine and tourism industry.A highly respected and acclaimed Australian winemaker, Adrian is only the fifth person to hold the post in Mount Pleasant’s 98-year history, following in the footsteps of legenda...

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Mount Pleasant Ignites A Spark In Chief Winemaker Role

Mount Pleasant Ignites A Spark In Chief Winemaker Role

Sydney/Pokolbin, 14 May 2018: Today McWilliam’s Wines Group announces a new era for winemaking at the iconic Mount Pleasant winery as Adrian Sparks moves into the role of Chief Winemaker. Only the fifth Chief Winemaker in the 98-year history of the winery, Adrian sits among some of Australia’s most celebrated winemaking alumni including the late great Maurice O’Shea and most recently, the highly celebrated Jim Chatto. Adrian has proved his incredible skill and passion for the Hunter Valley ...

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Q&A With Mount Pleasant Senior Winemaker Adrian Sparks

Q&A With Mount Pleasant Senior Winemaker Adrian Sparks

We recently sat down with Mount Pleasant Senior Winemaker Adrian Sparks to gain some insights into how his mind ticks. Q: What was the moment that made you realise you wanted to be a winemaker? A: Working as a cellar-hand, I was in the barrel hall looking at hundreds of different types of barrels. I told the then winemaker if he just had one type of barrel it would make blending and winemaking easier. He explained to me that each barrel is unique, even the same barrels from the same coopers...

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Winemaker Adrian Sparks Joins Mount Pleasant

Winemaker Adrian Sparks Joins Mount Pleasant

Mount Pleasant is pleased to announce that Senior Winemaker Adrian Sparks will be joining their winemaking team in the Hunter Valley. Adrian joined McWilliam’s in 2002 as a graduate of Charles Sturt University and has since risen to the position of Senior Winemaker. Among other duties Adrian has been responsible for the very successful Tumbarumba Chardonnay projects, including the 842, Barwang and Armchair Critic wines. Adrian has also been responsible for the Tightrope Walker wines from...

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