Young Mudgee winemaker announced best in Australia

Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine – Young Winemaker of the Year 2012

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Jacob Stein – Young Winemaker of the Year 2012

Jacob Stein – Young Winemaker of the Year 2012


The best young winemaker in Australia is born and bred in Mudgee. Jacob Stein from Robert Stein Vineyard has won the Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine ‘Young Winemaker of the Year 2012’, one of the most prestigious and highly contested national awards in the wine industry.

Jacob collected his award at a black-tie event in Sydney beating an impressive line-up of finalists from across Australia. Jacob is a third generation winemaker at the historic Robert Stein Vineyard in Mudgee.

Commenting on his win, Jacob said “I’m absolutely delighted to be recognised by this high-profile wine magazine and such an elite group of judges. This is a celebration for our family, the Robert Stein Vineyard, but also the whole of the Mudgee Region wine industry.”

This is the first time a Mudgee winemaker has received recognition on this scale. The award is the pinnacle of acknowledgment as Jacob has picked up a series of awards in recent years.

“Congratulations to Jacob, this is fantastic news and well deserved” said Holly Manning, CEO of Mudgee Region Tourism Inc. “An esteemed award like this will be excellent for Jacob’s future, and it also reflects well on the entire Mudgee Region wine industry.

“Jacob is one of many talented young winemakers helping to shape our future. We recently did a tally and found ten out of 20 Mudgee winemakers are aged under 35, one of the youngest bunches in Australia. And two of them are female.

“This youthful trend can be attributed to the fact that the Region is predominantly made up of family owned and operated wineries. The passion to stay with, or return to the family business is very strong. Mudgee is also attracting more young families seeking a tree-change for the quality of life that living on a vineyard can bring.” added Holly.

The young guns have also brought barrel-loads of innovation as the Region has diversified from its history of producing big, bold reds. Visitors are also offered award-winning rieslings, sparklings, Spanish and Italian varietals, as well as organic wines.

Some of the Mudgee Region’s young winemakers are:

  • Jacob Stein, Robert Stein Winery
  • Robert Black, Bunnamagoo
  • Liam Haslop, Lowe Wines
  • Luciano Lombardini, Mudgee Wines
  • James Manners, Well-mannered Wines
  • Gina White, Simon Gilbert
  • Julia Conchi, di Lusso Estate
  • Will Gilbert, Simon Gilbert
  • Duncan Lloyd, Logan Wines
  • Josh Clements, Skimstone

Jacob Stein’s career highlights:

Jacob began a fascinating winemaking journey with such reputable wineries as Blue Pyrenees, Lowe and Moss Wood. He also worked vintages in the Rheingau, Germany, which informed his philosophy on riesling, as well as in Piedmont and Canada. But Mudgee was always calling. Since returning to Australia he has worked across the range of Stein wines, which includes the three labels: The Family, The Premium and The Reserve. His dry and off-dry riesling are well decorated, and his chardonnays are memorable and he also shows great skill with his cabernets and blends.

  • October 2012 – Gourmet Traveller Young Winemaker of the Year
  • 2011 – International Up and Coming Riesling Winemaker – Canberra International Riesling Challenge
  • 2010 – The Wine Society Young Winemaker of the Year Finalist
  • Since 2009 – Robert Stein Winery has been awarded 16 Gold medals and 20 Trophies at numerous regional, state and national wine shows
  • Since 2011 – Robert Stein Winery has been awarded a James Halliday 5 Star rating
  • Mudgee Wine Show Most Successful Exhibitor – 2009, 2010 & 2011

The Mudgee Region is 3.5 hours from Sydney in Central NSW with around 40 cellar doors. A food and wine lovers paradise, it is the third largest grape-growing region in NSW with a range of other sensory experiences – arts, culture, heritage, historic villages and towns such as Gulgong and Rylstone, and nature and adventure experiences.



  • Central Ranges (NSW)
  • Explorer Country (NSW)
  • Mudgee (NSW)

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