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The Winemakers


Senior Winemaker, Kim Horton

A fascination with wine and vineyards at a young age whilst growing up in the Swan Valley, led to Kim’s first position in the wine industry during vintage 1995 with Houghton Wines. Following a successful vintage he went on to study Oenology at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga. 21 years later, he finds himself at Willow Bridge in the Ferguson Valley and in front of him, an opportunity to work within a team whom have the drive and ambition to further build and enhance the Willow Bridge tradition. Kim has a firm belief that wines are made in the vineyard, the better the understanding of the vineyard and it’s unique characteristics, the better the wines reflect the soil and the climate.

 

Assistant Winemaker, Dougal Herd

During an early life on board the tall ship HMB Endeavour Dougal’s interest in wine was sparked by the food and wine culture experienced while sailing throughout Europe. This led to the desire to experience different wines and in turn developed into a yearning to make them; ultimately leading to the wine industry with Dougal heading back to Western Australia to study Viticulture and Oenology at Curtin University.  After 11 years  Dougal is excited to have the opportunity to join Willow Bridge and work with the amazing team of people with the goal of producing wines that reflect the quality of the Ferguson Valley.

 

 

 

2016 Geographe Wine Show
Trophy Excellence in Winemaking
Kim Horton & Dougal Herd