Ryan Aggiss appointed Chief Winemaker at Aravina Estate June 13 2016

Aravina Estate is pleased to announce the appointment of Ryan Aggiss as Chief Winemaker, commencing on 5th July 2016.

Ryan will be responsible for all aspects of vineyard management and wine production whilst being ably assisted by Viticulturalist Ryan Gibbs at the Estate’s 180-acre property near Yallingup.

Aravina Estate CEO Steve Tobin said that from a strong field of candidates, Ryan’s technical expertise, professional experience, wine prize winning pedigree and understanding of excellence in wines aligned well with the culture and values of Aravina Estate.

“We are thrilled with Ryan’s appointment and our Aravina Management Team look forward to working with him over the coming years to grow the reputation of Aravina Estate’s premium Margaret River wines.

We are confident that Ryan will build on the many successes of our previous Chief Winemaker, Jodie Barton including her five trophy wins for the Wildwood Ridge Reserve Chardonnay at the 2014 Perth Royal Show Wine Awards.”

During the last five years as site winemaker at Accolade Wine’s Houghton Winery in Nannup, Ryan was instrumental in producing a large number of premium prize winning and popular wines across the suite of labels owned by Accolade including Houghtons and Brookland Valley. He has worked in Margaret River, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale and Sonoma Valley California and is a regular judge at Western Australian wine shows.

In 2009 Ryan was awarded the Wine Society Australian and New Zealand “Young Winemaker of the Year Award” whilst working at Margaret River’s Flying Fish Cove. He holds a BSc. (Oenology) from Charles Sturt University.

Ryan said he intends to showcase Aravina Estate to the broader wine community.

“I’m looking forward to working with the eight varieties of red and white grapes from this special site to develop wines of exceptional quality across all tiers of the Aravina Estate wines. I’m also dedicated to growing the brand and engaging more closely with our key domestic and international markets,” said Ryan.                      

In welcoming Ryan, Steve Tobin acknowledged the outstanding efforts of outgoing Chief Winemaker, Jodie Barton.

“Jodie’s five years of excellent service and commitment in building the Aravina Wine brand, along with her professionalism and passion for the wines has resulted in many accomplishments including significant wine awards, trophies and most importantly a growing clientele of loyal Aravina Estate customers.

We look forward to continuing to build the Aravina brand on the excellent foundations she has established,” he said.