DURING HER 20-YEAR CAREER AT YALUMBA, LOUISA ROSE HAS BECOME ONE OF THE WORLD’S MOST RESPECTED WINEMAKERS.
She has forged an identity for Australian Viognier, challenged perceptions of Barossa Shiraz, lead her viti- and vinicultural teams to ever greater heights and given up her nights, weekends and spare moments for the betterment of Australian wine.
Put simply, she’s a rock star.
And we are so excited to have her as one of our talented ambassadors in 2019.
Read what she had to say about being part of Tasting Australia this year.
What are you most looking forward to at Tasting Australia?
I love the buzz around Tasting Australia! So many people thinking about food and wine and entertainment. Just walking around and savouring the atmosphere is wonderful. There are some great events and tastings on – hard to choose one over the rest.
Who on the Tasting Australia program are you most excited to meet?
I have not met either Alessandro Pavoni or Giovanni Pilu. The fact that they will both be together for the Due Volte dinner is very exciting
What’s the first wine you ever made?
Studying at Roseworthy, we made a Chardonnay, a Shiraz and a Riesling Ice-wine (thanks to the friendly kitchen staff who let us use their freezer). Once I got into the real world, it was bubbles – Yalumba D and Angas Brut!
If you could only work with one grape variety, which would you choose and why?
Almost impossible to say. It's working with different varieties that is so captivating. You learn something from one that you can use making another… Riesling …Viognier… Grenache…
What’s the most underrated wine variety?
In Australia today I think it is Vermentino. A perfect variety for our warm, dry climate; it makes a perfect crisp and refreshing white wine – perfect for the Sauv Blanc and Riesling drinker alike.
What do you know now that you wish you knew then?
How quickly the vintages come and go.