Scott McWilliam, Sixth Generation McWilliam Family Winemaker
Being born into one of Australia's oldest and most respected winemaking families has its advantages, but it takes more than family ties to earn a top spot on the McWilliam's winemaking team. Scott McWilliam began working at the winery in 1989, at the age of 14, when he was hired by McWilliam's to clean fermentation tanks. He's come a long way since then, completing a post graduate degree in enology at Adalaide University, quickly establishing himself as one of Australia's brightest and most promising young winemakers.
Phil Ryan, Master Winemaker, McWilliam's Hanwood Estate
Phillip Ryan joined the company in 1965 at the age of 19 and learned winemaking from the ground up. Although he holds scientific degrees from leading institutions, he still learns something new during every harvest. His contribution to the current Hanwood Estate releases perfectly demonstrates the value of his many years of experience.
Jim Brayne, Chief Winemaker, McWilliam's
Jim has been with the McWilliam's winery for more than 37 years, having joined the winery as a cellar hand in 1973. Today he holds the title of Chief Winemaker, where he oversees the quality and style of all our wines. Jim is more than up for the task and describes working with the McWilliam's family as "…the experience of a lifetime, a match made in winemaker heaven."
Jim is proud of his hands on training, which he believes has been a successful combination of "apprenticeship" and "academic". Whilst working at McWilliam's he completed a Bachelor of Applied Science (Oenology) degree at Roseworthy College (1975-1977), where he was awarded the RH Martin Memorial Award for sensory evaluation. In February 2004, Jim's achievements and contribution to the Australian wine industry were recognized when he was awarded the prestigious 2004 Graham Gregory Trophy, by the NSW Department of Agriculture. He was also a finalist in the Qantas/Wine Magazine Winemaker of the Year award in 2000 and 2002. Jim has also judged at Australian wine shows - including Sydney, Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane and Canberra, as well as various regional shows – since 1983. He has also been a guest judge at the New Zealand Wine Show.