Great Western winery Seppelt has announced Clare Dry as its new winemaker.
Growing up on the Mornington Peninsula, Ms Dry has had a long-held interest in the world of wine.
Since completing a Bachelor of Oenology from the University of Adelaide, she worked for vineries and vineyards in Mornington and Germany, before joining Wolf Blass in 2007 as a vintage winemaker.
During the next 13 years, Ms Dry honed her skillset, crafting wines across both red and white wine production, including premium chardonnay.
Ms Dry replaces outgoing winemaker Adam Carnaby, who is joining Wicks Estate Wines in the Adelaide Hills.
"I'm delighted to be joining the Seppelt team," Ms Dry said.
"As a label with a long and celebrated history, I'm looking forward to continuing this legacy and showcasing the diversity of our vineyards and regions with each vintage release."
One of Australia's most historic producers, Seppelt was founded in 1851 and developed into a pioneer of sparkling wine in the 1890s.
It has since crafted some of Australia's most collected table wines and helped wave the way for cool climate styles.
While you're with us, you can now receive updates straight to your inbox from the Stawell Times-News. To make sure you're up-to-date with all the news from across the Northern Grampians shire, sign up here.