The Winemaker - Matt Wenk
Matt Wenk has become recognised as one of Australia’s foremost talents. His wines have been acclaimed in Spectator’s Top 100 since 2003, and with more than 200 wines rating greater than 90 points in esteemed publications such as Robert Parker’s Advocate, International Wine Cellar and Wine Spectator, Matt has defined his reputation for finding and crafting the very best fruit into stunning parcels of Australia’s best wine.
While growing up around a strong food and wine culture with a Spanish grandmother with a love for cooking, it took helping good friend James Tweddell and his family establish their Nepenthe winery and vineyards in Lenswood, for Matt to discover his true passion for wine and a love for making it. After this taste of the industry, he went on to graduate from Roseworthy with a Degree in Oenology with Honours in yeast microbiology. On completing his study he became a Winemaker and later Production Manager at Nepenthe working with head winemaker Peter Leske.
Since then, Matt has enjoyed working with a range of winemaking talents such as Tim Knappstein. A personal highlight of his achievements thus far was being a recipient of the Shaw and Smith/Len Evans Tutorial Scholarship, with an intensive 5 day residential program led by the legendary Len Evans and industry leaders such as James Halliday and Brian Croser.