Former Head Winemaker at Temple Bruer in Langhorne Creek, Vanessa Altmann, makes the Switch to focus on her own label is named in the National Top 12 Young Guns of Wine.
It’s a delicious achievement for this progressive winemaker who began making organic wine as a trainee winemaker 15 years ago when the movement was still viewed as alternative for the regular wine scene. A few years later, Vanessa was at the forefront of winemakers navigating the risky business of making preservative free wines, all while slowly but surely fermenting her ideas to release her own small batch label Switch Organic Wine in 2010.
It’s story of emerging from the underground and nearly, just nearly rising all the way to the top.
“Now with the infiltration of the Natural wine category, Organic wine is no longer considered unique, so I needed to push myself further” says Vanessa. “I left my job as the Head Winemaker at Temple Bruer last year, to go my own way and since then I’ve been learning and creating new experiences and wines everyday. I’ve been lucky enough to gain a tremendous amount of support and knowledge working with some of South Australia’s best wine making talents in the last few years, which has helped me to grow and refine my winemaking style”.
And the results have paid off, with her Top 12 spot confirming what her friends have been telling her for years- that she makes some cracking wine.
And while Vanessa is ecstatic to be selected in the Top 12, her sights are now set on snatching one of the three awards that includes the coveted Young Gun Of Wine.
“We’ve had some really exciting winemakers in the Young Gun of Wine Awards in the last ten years, and it’s incredible to be selected in the Top 12” says Vanessa. “I’ve always set out to make wines with amazing drinkability, but I know that in today’s food and wine scene drinkers are looking for more of an experience. I put everything I have into making sure that they get that when they pour a glass of Switch”.
Vanessa was a Top 12 finalist in 2013, beat out that year by Taras Ochota of Ochota Barrels (Young Gun of Wine), Alex Head of Head Wines (People’s Choice), and James Erskine of Jauma Wines (Winemaker’s Choice).
This year’s Young Gun of Wine winner will be announced June 20-22.