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How Yalumba’s Louisa rose to the top

This article on Yalumba’s Louisa Rose first appeared in The Bulletin magazine in 2007. Given how good the Yalumba range of wines is now tasting, it seems like an excellent time to re-publish it.

THAT 36-YEAR-OLD Louisa Rose now has one of the plummest jobs in Australian wine is not far shy of a miracle. When she first stepped into the Yalumba winery in 1994, the Australian wine industry was dominated by men, overwhelmingly conservative, mostly blind to its most precious feature – the oldest grape vines in the world – and so scornful of shiraz that some of the best Barossa shiraz vines had only recently been ripped from the ground and burned, a South Australian government incentive scheme cheering the bonfires on.

‘It all looked static,’ Rose says, ‘there wasn’t much export growth, Barossa shiraz was in the dumps and there wasn’t a lot of movement around the industry.’

Rose didn’t then know it, but she was

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