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Tamburlaine Organic Wines

Tamburlaine Organic Wines
21 September 2018 | Awards | Tamburlaine Organic Wines

Winner of - 2018 Rising Star Of The Year

Senior Winemaker
Aaron Mercer

Tamburlaine Aaron Mercer

2018 Hunter Valley Wine & Tourism Awards

Born and raised in the Hunter Valley, Aaron aspired in environmental management immediately after leaving school. He went on to study at the University of Newcastle majoring in environmental sustainability, biological farming and ecological management. In his first year at university, Aaron conducted a case study on sustainable agriculture here at Tamburlaine Organic Wines, 16 years later he returned to take his place as senior winemaker.

Aaron's career in the wine industry first began in January 2000 when he joined Scarborough Wine Co. Over the following 9 years, he gained experience in all aspects of the wine industry including extensive work in sales, vineyard management, cellar door and ultimately finding his logical place in winemaking. It was within these formative years that Aaron counts as invaluable in the development of his holistic understanding of the wine industry. After gaining experience with some of the Hunter Valley’s most well-known producers such as Tyrrells and Brokenwood, Aaron moved to South Australia to complete his Postgraduate degree in Oenology at the University of Adelaide, where he was exposed to the cutting-edge winemaking technology and research. Aarons career then led him all the way to the Central Coast of California where from 2012 - 2015 he continued to develop his winemaking skills while forming invaluable industry relationships. Aaron continued to develop his skills in winemaking with vintages in Canada in 2006, France in 2009 and Germany in 2011, driven by an insatiable hunger to experience the very best practices in worldwide winemaking.

Upon returning to the Hunter Valley in 2012, Aaron was awarded the Alasdair Sutherland scholarship, an award which aims to foster the talent of aspiring wine show judges. Now with more than 17 vintages under his belt, Aaron has taken up the role of Senior Winemaker here at Tamburlaine Organic Wines, where he is able to pursue his love of sustainable viticulture while managing the increasing annual production from Tamburlaine’s Hunter Valley and Orange region vineyards.
Aaron says "The ‘new age’ of viticulture is here and it’s spearheaded by organic practices. Tamburlaine is at the forefront of this movement and is well positioned to provide excellent wines to a growing customer base who seek wines of place and tread gently on the environment." - "My work ethics and high standards stemmed from working in the Hunter Valley, have followed me to each workplace and built my reputation as a hard but fair leader. I am always excited to pass on scientific winemaking knowledge of the Hunter Region, stories of vintages gone by and work to always encourage my staff to seek further education through experience and study."

“As Australia’s largest producer of organic wine, we are very well established, but we still have plenty of room left to grow. Aaron understands this and is more than up to the challenge. We believe that Aaron’s unique combination of technical expertise and passion is the perfect fit for the company,” says Mark Davidson, Managing Director of Tamburlaine. Since 1966, Tamburlaine has welcomed well over 1 million visitors to their Hunter Valley Cellar Door. “The winery has continuously engaged with the wine curious and enthusiasts alike for the last 5 decades. While the winery is no longer the tin shed that it once was, not quite as ‘boutique’, the connection the winery has with a vast number of consumers has been worth every minute invested,” says Mark.

Aaron Mercer Hunter Valley Rising Star


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