Jessica Munnell is the new head winemaker at Mercer Estates

Jessica Munnell is the new head winemaker at Mercer Estates

Mercer Estates has appointed Jessica Munnell as head winemaker.

Munnell will take over from David Forsyth at the Washington state winery. Forsyth, who hads been with Mercer since 2005, will look to focus on his own wine label, Forsythe Brio, which he will continue to produce at the Mercer Estates winery in Prosser, the company said yesterday (18 April).

Before joining Mercer, Munnell produced wines at the Artifex Wine Company, a custom crush facility in Washington's Walla Walla wine region. In 2008, she started the winery Wautoma Springs Wines, also in Washington.

She has worked at wineries in the Columbia Valley and in South Australia during a 12-year career.