ANNA POOLEY, Winemaker
From the very first Pooley family harvest in 1988 – Anna knew she wanted to be a winemaker. She moved to South Australia to study winemaking at the University of Adelaide. Her first vintage was at Tatachilla Winery in McLaren Vale in 2002. After graduating, Anna began working as a winemaker at Wolf Blass winery in the Barossa Valley in 2003.
Northern hemisphere vintages include winemaking roles at Salomon Undhof in Austria, Riecine in Tuscany, Italy, and several vintages at Castello di Gabbiano in northern Tuscany, Italy. After several years focussing on white and sparkling wines across a range of wineries including Rosemount, Penfolds, Yellowglen and Wolf Blass the opportunity for Anna to work in her native Tasmania.
Anna’s experience with cool climate winemaking and her history in Tasmania led her to making the wines under the Heemskerk and Abel’s Tempest labels. Anna’s efforts received accolades and awards including multiple medals and trophies, not to mention a serious nod to Anna’s winemaking credentials; Dux of AWRI Advanced Wine Assessment Course in 2008, Finalist in the Young Winemaker of The Year 2008 and winner in 2010, WBM Top 50 Most Influential Wine People of 2009, WBM Top 50 Stars of 2010.
Anna is also an accomplished wine show judge with positions at various national and regional shows such as Marananga, Royal Adelaide and the Tasmanian Wine Show. Anna has also been on the wine selectors panel for Jetstar selecting wines for business class. In 2012 she completed the exclusive Len Evans Tutorial- the holy grail of wine industry studies.
Anna’s winemaking philosophy is of a minimal intervention to allow the regional characteristics to shine. “I try to bottle the vineyard”. In doing so Anna captures the intensity, freshness and elegance that Tasmanian wines are famous for.