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Lead by multi‐award winning Ben Riggs, the team of talented winemakers will help your wine shine.
Ben Riggs’ winemaking career is coloured by stints abroad and time tending his own turf, getting to know the lie of the land that is McLaren Vale. But head back to 1985, when Ben was a wee lad (figuratively speaking as size has never been an issue for Ben) and you’ll see he graduated from Roseworthy Agricultural College in Adelaide, what some call Australia’s Oxford of the wine world. Since then, Ben has clocked 42 vintages, 14 of which were spent at the helm of Wirra Wirra in McLaren Vale. His role as a consulting winemaker, includes the sourcing of top-notch fruit and producing big batches of wine for wholesale and retail entities, mainly Down Under.
Ben’s wines have pleased many palates over the years including those of judges, winning 44 trophies and titles. He has also been nominated Gourmet Traveller WINE Winemaker of the Year in 2005 and 2013. Ben also keeps it local by serving as chairman and board member of McLaren Vale Winemakers Inc, and has chaired the McLaren Vale Wine Show over a five-year period. When time allows, Ben is husband to Annie and father to Baxter, Austin and Nelson.