Melanie Chester named a Young Gun of wine

The 2017 Young Gun of Wine list was revealed and a Bendigo winemaker is among them.

Melanie Chester, Chief Winemaker at Sutton Grange Winery was announced in the Top 50 Young Guns of Wine. Melanie has been the winemaker at Sutton Grange Winery since August 2015 and picked up the Gourmet Traveller Young Winemaker of the Year award in the same year.

She found her love of wine growing up in a family of barrel makers in South Australia.

“I love winemaking," she said.

“I worked at Seppalt in Great Western, which is where my first introduction to shiraz came from. I knew growers in Bendigo, so have been making wine from the region for a while,

“It’s good that as a region Bendigo has such a strong offering and so many wine styles. 

“I love making Shiraz and am really excited to make Shiraz in this pocket of Victoria," said Melanie.

The Young Gun of Wine awards started in 2007 and is purely for young, emerging Australian winemakers.

Sutton Grange Winery opens its cellar door every Sunday from 11am to 5pm. It's located on Carnochans Road in Sutton Grange.