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Australia,Livermore Valley,Wine,Winemaker

Adam Richardson ~ Then and Now

Years ago, when we were both working for Concannon Vineyard, Adam Richardson was hired to be their winemaker, while I was already their PR consultant. I had the joy of writing Adam’s bio for the winery. At the time, Adam had a strong background with Gallo. If you want to learn the wine business on a fast and thorough track, Gallo is the school to attend: Gallo and working for Robert Mondavi Winery I learned, once working at Mondavi, earlier.

So, I watched Adam become an international traveler, managing two harvests each year… One in Livermore and the other back in Australia. This is where Adam knew he’d finally land. From The Wine Group (the owner of Concannon) to Treasury Wine Estates. Yup… Adam has worked for the largest wineries in the world.

From Adam:

Howdy friends and colleagues,

As some of you may have heard, later this week I will be leaving Treasury Wine Estates Americas to focus on my own Australian wine brand (A.T. Richardson), and to develop a new part of my business, offering wine consulting services.  The most exciting aspect of this transition will be that Eva, the kids, and I will finally make the long-awaited move to our vineyard and winery in Australia’s Grampians wine region in Victoria.

In addition to sharing this update on our exciting move, I am writing to ask a favour of you: As I build out my wine consulting business, I would love your help spreading the word. Here is a link to my consulting webpage:  A.T. Richardson Wine Consulting. In brief, I plan to offer advice and guidance on all aspects of winemaking, with a focus on developing wine blends for new brands and specific target consumers, as well inventory utilization and cost control. I will also offer contract winemaking services for boutique producers at my Grampians winery.

For those of you not yet familiar with my wines, feel free to review my website at atrichardsonwines.com. I started this brand in 2006, after buying some property in the small but historic Grampians wine region, and developed my 15 acre vineyard on the inhospitable ironstone slopes just outside of the township of Great Western. I have been producing about 1,800 dozen each year of Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Shiraz, Durif and Nebbiolo in Australia and exporting some to the U.S. In the coming months, I will be looking at re-establishing exports to US and Europe, as well as building my distribution footprint within Australia, so if you are inclined, please also share information about my brand.

Adam and his family are very excited about this move, and perhaps someday I could visit visit his family and him in Australia!

What I wrote for his biography:

  • Rhône-style specialist, Richardson has extensive experience. He received his winemaking degree from Charles Sturt University in New South Wales, Australia. He has been on winemaking teams for Rancho Zabaco, Anapamu Cellars, MacMurray Ranch, and Mirassou in California. Prior to the U.S., Richardson worked for d’Arenberg, Oakridge Estate, Normans, and Miranda wineries in Australia. Richardson crafts super-premium wines for Concannon, one of California’s oldest winemaking families.
  • Then, he went to Treasury Wine Estates…

From an exclusive story written in Shanken News: Exclusive: Treasury Wine Estates Americas Taps Wine Group Veteran As New Chief Winemaker

It writes: Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) has named Adam Richardson vice president and chief winemaker for its Americas brands, Shanken News Daily has learned. Richardson will oversee winemaking for Treasury’s U.S. labels, which include Beringer Vineyards, Chateau St. Jean, Stags’ Leap Winery, Etude, Souverain, St. Clement and Meridian Vineyards, among others.

What a background, huh? A new bio is definitely in order, as well as Book II. Best wishes, Adam… All the best of luck!

 

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