Brokenwood chief winemaker and managing director Iain Riggs is stepping down from the position at the end of June.
He will continue on as a director and consultant to the winery.
James Halliday, who co-founded Brokenwood in 1970, says Iain’s retirement will mark the end of an era.
“Iain has guided Brokenwood from an indulgent hobby to a potent business,” James says on the Halliday Wine Companion website.
“He has grown with the task over the past 37 years as he has also made a lasting contribution to the broader Australian wine community.
“He has led by example, balancing all that is enjoyable in wine with a clear business vision.
“The countless scores of young winemakers who have experienced their first vintage at Brokenwood have left happier and wiser – and learned a thing or two about making great wine.”
In June of 2018 Iain was named as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in recognition of his significant service to oenology as a winemaker, to the development of the Australian wine industry and to the promotion of the Hunter Valley.
Born in Burra in South Australia, Iain took an early interest in winemaking, studying at Roseworthy College between 1972 and 1975, followed by stints at Bleasdale in Langhorne Creek and Hazelmere in McLaren Vale.
Read more about Iain Riggs here – It’s The Perfectionist Talking: WBM Tribute to Brokenwood Legend Iain Riggs.
Photo: Chris Elfes.