She’s been named Gourmet Traveller Young Winemaker of the Year (2008) and is now Senior Winemaker for one of Barossa’s iconic Shiraz producers, meet Helen McCarthy Winemaker, St Hallett Wines.


Helen, you’ve worked throughout Australia, can you tell us about a pivotal career moment?

Deciding to come back to Barossa.

Who have been your mentors as you built your impressive reputation as a winemaker?

Neil Jericho, he’d always tell me “dont sweat the small stuff”

Plus Stuart Blackwell (of St Hallett fame) of course

Can you share with us details of some of the accolades you have received?

Gourmet Traveller Young Winemaker of the Year – 2008

Wine Society Winemaker of the Year (consumer and peer)

Len Evans tutorial participant

What do you want to see in Barossa’s winemaking future?

To be a region that continues to be recognised as the pinnacle of Shiraz in the world. To do this we need to maintain the generosity of the past by passing on our experiences to the new generations of winemakers.