We are incredibly excited to announce the appointment of our new Chief Winemaker Wendy Stuckey who will begin her role at the winery later this month. She will replace long-term Winemaker Paul Bourgeois after 14 years at the helm. Her presence in the winemaking team creates a full female winemaking trio with Wendy as Chief, Richelle Tyney (Winemaker) and Emily Gaspard-Clark (Assistant Winemaker).
Wendy is an internationally acclaimed winemaker whose career has taken her all over the world. Her most recent role has been Chief Winemaker at Constellation Brands New Zealand, overseeing production of the Kim Crawford and Nobilo brands since 2015. Prior to this she spent seven years at Chateau Ste. Michelle in Washington and 18 years in the Barossa Valley region of Australia, including several years at Wolf Blass where she was responsible for some of the company’s iconic white wines.
Originally from South Australia, Wendy first trained as a radiographer before deciding to switch careers and enrol at Roseworthy Agricultural College to learn about wine.
When it comes to Wendy’s winemaking approach, she strongly believes the wines must show a sense of place. “Whether that be a single vineyard wine or a regional wine or even a New Zealand wine.” Sauvignon Blanc, just like Riesling she says, is very much a wine that clearly shows that sense of place. She is renowned as a white winemaker, with Riesling in particular helping to pave her career.
Her accolades as a winemaker are prestigious and numerous, winning many gold medals and industry honours over her winemaking career. In addition to the accolades received for her wines, she has been recognised as one of the Top 20 Most Admired Winemakers in the North American wine industry and included in intowine.com’s Top 100 Most Influential US Winemakers. Wendy also has extensive experience as a judge in wine competitions worldwide.
Wendy is married to her kiwi husband and has three teenage children. She will begin her role at Spy on the 23rd of July 2019.
Welcome to the team Wendy!