A new chapter in the Artisans of Barossa story is evolving.
The Artisans collective is one of the Barossa’s collaborative success stories.
Six individual wineries have shared a home at Vine Vale since 2011 and the business – which also shares space with the popular Harvest Kitchen restaurant – has grown significantly in that time.
Now, with new premise owners announcing their intention to move in at the end of 2018, the collective is entering a new phase of evolution. This includes the announcement this week of Howard Duncan into the newly-created role of chief operating officer.
Mr Duncan will assume responsibility for the operations of the award-winning Vine Vale cellar door and work with the directors to further develop the business.
“(Howard) not only brings significant experience in management, sales and marketing but also a deep understanding of Artisans and the culture of our collaborative business model,” Artisans director Corey Ryan said.
“With the recent acquisition by the Calabria family of our current premises and announcement of plans to open their own cellar door on this site in January 2019, Howard’s appointment is timely.
“He will lead the team in building upon our successful cellar door operation and partnership with Harvest Kitchen as it continues to operate from the Magnolia Road site until the end of 2018, and will also work with the board to develop plans for the next chapter in what has become an incredible success story of collaboration between like-minded winemakers.”
Mr Duncan has worked in the wine industry for 30 years with small and large wineries across several senior sales, marketing, business development and general management roles, most recently at Murray Street Vineyards.
While at Teusner Wines, Mr Duncan was involved in the development and operations of the Artisans business and he said it was exciting to be joining Artisans as it entered this next phase.
“Visitation has grown six-fold since its establishment here; that just reinforces the idea of six winemakers in one spot has resonated very strongly,” he said.
“I’ll be working with the board in coming months to develop plans for the business, including an assessment of potential new sites as we get set to move on from our Magnolia Road home at the end of 2018.
“The future prospects for the business are outstanding and I’m privileged to be part of the next stage in the evolution of the Artisans of Barossa story.”
NSW Riverina-based Calabria Family Wines purchased the 12-hectare Magnolia Vale property in August 2015 for $1.9 million and recently announced its intentions to move in after vintage 2019.
Magnolia Vale last sold in 2010, when it was offloaded by Murdoch Wines to a private investor for more than $900,000.