Julian Grounds will take up the role of head winemaker at Craggy Range in 2019; date to be confirmed, but the role already has been

He was Dux of Viticulture and Oenology at Curtain University, winner of an award for future leadership and Dux of the 2017 Len Evans Tutorial and now Julian Grounds has been appointed to a powerful new role – chief winemaker at Craggy Range.

The Hawke’s Bay winery announced today that it was appointing Grounds as its new chief winemaker, a role he will take up over coming months. Exact timing had yet to be confirmed while Matt Stafford continues to work in the role.

Craggy Range CEO Michael Wilding said the Peabody family, which owns Craggy Rnage, was also about to make its biggest new vineyard investment in over a decade.

“Julian will play a pivotal role in defining the plantings and trials as we embark on this journey, which will not only support our growth, but most importantly will push our quality and leadership in the ultra-premium New Zealand wine category further,” says Wilding.

Grounds has made wine in Central Otago, Oregon, Burgundy, the Yarra Valley and  Margaret River, among other locations. He said that he saw the potential for New Zealand wine unrivalled on a world scale at the moment.

“I am really humbled by the opportunity and look forward to making a positive contribution to what is already an iconic New Zealand brand.”