A new winemaker for Kim Crawford Wines

A new winemaker for Kim Crawford Wines

New Zealand wine firm Kim Crawford Wines has confirmed a change of chief winemaker.

The company, which is owned by Constellation Brands, confirmed last week that Anthony Walkenhorst has replaced Matt Large in the role. Large had assumed winemaking responsibilities in 2007 from Kim Crawford himself.

When contacted by just-drinks last week, a spokesperson for Kim Crawford Wines said: “After eight years with Kim Crawford, Matt accepted another position at a NZ winery.” The spokesperson did not detail further.

Walkenhorst has been with Kim Crawford Wines since 2005, and was based at the Riverlands Winery in Blenheim. Prior to joining Kim Crawford Wines, he worked harvests in Australia (Barossa Valley), the US (Napa Valley) and Canada (Ontario).