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Andrew Koerner, Senior Winemaker, Blue Pyrenees Estate

Andrew Koerner, Senior Winemaker, Blue Pyrenees Estate


Andrew Koerner joined Blue Pyrenees Estate in February 2004 bringing a passion for wine cultivated as a youngster growing up in Australia’s wine capital, Adelaide.

Working his first vintage in 1987 at Hardy’s Renmano in Renmark and subsequently at Hardy’s Tintara in McLaren Vale, Andrew graduated in 1992 from the internationally renowned Roseworthy Campus of the University of Adelaide with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Oenology.

The following year Andrew was appointed assistant winemaker with the legendary Len Evans’ Rothbury Group, working at St Huberts in the Yarra Valley. After this group’s acquisition by Beringer Blass, Andrew was appointed winemaker at the historic Saltram winery in South Australia’s Barossa Valley where he worked for four years until he met Rosemount’s Phillip Shaw.

Inspired by Shaw’s approach and winemaking philosophy gleaned whilst show judging with Shaw, Andrew moved to Rosemount in 1999 where he was promoted to senior winemaker with responsibility for premium wines. With the merger of Southcorp and Rosemount in 2001, Andrew was appointed winemaker and winery manager of the Rosemount Denman winery.

Andrew’s accumulated experience across different wine regions, varieties and wine styles has reached its pinnacle at Blue Pyrenees Estate, with one respected wine-writer stating that under Andrew’s stewardship “the Blue Pyrenees wines are the best they have ever been.”

Andrew is a prominent and respected wine judge and panel leader on the Australian wine show circuit.

Blue Pyrenees Region

Explorer Thomas Mitchell was the first European recorded to have travelled through the district on his 1836 journey of exploration, naming it Pyrenees as it reminded him of the Pyrenees in Europe where he had served in the army.

The first vines were planted in the Avoca area in 1848 by a man named MacKereth. His 100,000 litre winery was able to support each of the three wine shops in the thriving town of Avoca. He eventually sold his wine-related assets to a clergyman named Dawson who promptly uprooted the vines, shut the winery and destroyed the cellars. Such was the undeserved death of the Pyrenees district until this foolishness was redressed when Château Remy started in 1961.

The weather pattern of winter and early spring rains and a dry summer (when vintage occurs) make the Pyrenees a grape growers paradise compared with other winegrowing regions which often receive rain at vintage with a consequent risk of fungal disease. Its inland location gives rise to low midsummer relative humidity.

Blue Pyrenees Estate

Blue Pyrenees has been making wines at the Estate since 1968.  Fine brandy was the original focus, however in the last twenty years premium sparkling and still wines have been at the forefront.

As a result, Blue Pyrenees has a formidable reputation for a wide range of sparklings, all made in the Methode Traditionelle, as well as a complete range of table wines, made from varieties specifically chosen to suit the cool climate of the Pyrenees.

Vintage 2012

Andrew reports, "At Blue Pyrenees we have just crushed the last of the grapes for 2012 and couldn't be happier. Average crop levels but well above average quality is the initial assessment, very similar to 2008. The mild weather and consequent slow ripening of the grapes allowed early picked sparkling grapes with great natural acidity, whites with plenty of flavour and now reds with depth of colour and flavour making 2012 one of the best in memory."




  • Pyrenees (VIC)
  • Western Victoria (VIC)

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