Winemaker Rebecca Willson has given her family’s Langhorne Creek winery a foothold in the highly competitive boutique wine market since taking on her first sole vintage at the age of 25.
Her first label – the 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon, won the trophy of the Best Boutique Cabernet Sauvignon in Australia and was rated third best Cabernet in Australia by Winestate magazine.
Upon her return from a vintage in Sonoma Valley in time for the 1997 vintage, Rebecca took full control of making Bremerton’s wines at Bleasdale winery whilst undertaking part time study toward her Oenology degree which she completed in 2000.
Rebecca is passionate about working with Langhorne Creek fruit, which has an excellent reputation for consistently producing high quality red wines. She is committed to promoting the Langhorne Creek wine region, hoping to elevate its global recognition.
Rebecca is also wife to Tom and a mother of two; Isabel Grace and Maggie Alice Keelan. Robert Parker Jnr – Rebecca Willson “one of Australia’s finest female winemakers”
Winemaking Employment History:
1991 to 1994 – Cellar Door / PR at Orlando, Rowland Flat
Vintage 1994 – Eaglehawk Winery, Watervale, Clare Valley
Vintage 1996 – Bleasdale Winery, Langhorne Creek
Vintage 1996 –Geyser Peak, Sonoma Valley, California
Vintage 1997 – Bleasdale Winery supervising the contract processing of Bremerton’s wines
January 1998 – employed as Winemaker at Bremerton Wines
Major Winemaking Achievements:
One of Five finalists in the Winestate magazine 2001 Winemaker of the Year Awards
2002 – Finalist in the Australian Young Winemaker of the Year awards
2003 – Finalist in the Australian Young Winemaker of the Year awards
2006 – Awarded a Len Evans Tutorial scholarship – regarded as one of the finest wine schools in the world
2016 – Young Gun of Wine Nominee 2017 – Gourmet Traveller Winemaker of the Year