Johann, winemaker & his wife Angela, Henschke ambassador
Johann is a sixth-generation member of the Henschke family, the eldest of Stephen and Prue’s three children. Johann graduated as a winemaker from the University of Adelaide in 2005, then gained extensive experience in his field throughout the winemaking world. His travels have taken him to Leeuwin Estate in Margaret River, Australia (2005), Felton Road in Central Otago, New Zealand (2006), Isole e Olena in Tuscany, Italy (2006), and Arietta in the Napa Valley, USA (2007).
In 2012 Johann completed his Masters in Viticulture and Oenology in Geisenheim in Germany, a year of which was spent studying there, a year in Montpellier in France and six months in Madrid in Spain.
It was in Spain where he met his now wife, Angela, who also comes from a family of long and significant winemaking tradition in Ribera del Duero, Torremilanos. Angela pursued her own career however, and went on to become a Dentist, based in Madrid. After Angela and Johann met, in 2013 the couple decided to move to Australia. Although she remains in the pursuit of a return to her Dental profession, she draws upon her inherent wine knowledge to assist the Henschke family through her work as an ambassador for Henschke.
Johann is now based in South Australia at the family winery, working as winemaker and viticulturist, as the fifth and sixth-generations transition through this important period of the transfer of knowledge, skills, and traditions.
With many of the challenges for the next generation already well-documented, Johann expects that innovation and careful strategic planning will be crucial tools for him and his peers to utilise. Above all, continuing on the traditional winemaking techniques which the Henschke family have used for generations, and ensuring that the Henschke continues to be nurtured in the same prudent way that it has always been, will allow it to be passed on to successive generations and to be held in the same high regard as it is today.
Johann recommends the adelaide hills merlot and cabernet sauvignon blend, ABBOTTS PRAYER for cellaring. “THE SOILS AND CONTINENTALITY OF THE REGION GIVE THESE VARIETIES THE ABILITY TO BUILD STRUCTURE, COMPLEXITY AND TEXTURE WITH AGE.”
Justine, marketing & public relations manager
Justine has been working for her family’s historic winery since she was very young. A sixth-generation Henschke; her ancestors had been making wine in Eden Valley since 1868. She has fond memories of picking grapes with her brothers, foot-stomping ferments and pouring tastings in Cellar Door.
Justine has a strong history with wine and subsequently food too, through work, travel and study. She worked with the small winemaking team at Henschke through the vintages of 2007 and 2008. Having completed an Advanced Diploma in Arts and a Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing), Justine put her skills into practice at Wheeler Cellars in the United Kingdom, Chanel in New York and The Cru Media + Communications in Sydney.
Eager to expand her wine knowledge, she graduated from a number of wine qualifications including the Court of Master Sommeliers Introductory Sommelier Certificate and the WSET Level 3 Award in Wines and Spirits. Justine re-joined the family business in mid-2014 and now works as the marketing and public relations manager and a brand ambassador. She was most recently a judge for the 2015/16 Hot 100 Wines (South Australia).
Justine’s pick of the whites is the crisp and mineral
Julius Riesling. “it has great purity of fruit and ages beautifully.”
Andreas, Henschke ambassador
Sixth-generation Andreas is the youngest child of Stephen and Prue Henschke. He grew up surrounded by a passion for great winemaking on the family’s 100 hectare property in the Barossa’s Eden Valley and spent his school holidays helping his parents in the vineyards to train, prune and net vines, and pick grapes during vintage time.
In 2013, Andreas completed a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Adelaide and worked in various positions interstate and in New Zealand. The following year he joined South Australia’s water and wastewater utility, SA Water, in the role of Mechanical Engineer. He currently works as a Mechanical Engineer at WSP in Melbourne, a leading engineering professional services consulting firm.
Andreas is involved in many industry groups where he combines his passion for science and helping others. In particular, his role as Corporate Representative for Engineers Without Borders (SA) sees him coordinate learning programs for engineering professionals around Australia relating to humanitarian and aid programs.
Andreas’ experience with pumping systems, water supply and treatment, means he is well placed to develop alternative and ecologically friendly water solutions for the family business. With a keen interest in emerging water technologies, Andreas provides expert advice to support Henschke’s overarching approach to sustainable water management for its vineyards. Andreas’ involvement with the family business sees him travelling across Australia to promote Henschke though wine tastings and sharing stories about his family heritage and love for wine.
Andreas enjoys the textural and balanced GILES PINOT NOIR. “It has both purity of fruit and savoury tannins.”