CHRISTA DEANS – Winemaker
Christa’s first wine memories are the chug, chug of the piston pump, pumping grape must to the five open fermenters at the old winery and also the intoxicating smells of fermentation. She also recalls the many trips with her parents to the Iron Triangle in South Australia, delivering wine to many immigrant families. Some of them are still customers today.
Her wine studies started in 1976 at Roseworthy College and during this time she also gained winemaking experience in Germany, France and Austria. In 1982 she was fortunate to gain a position on the winemaking team at Wolf Blass, being mentored by John Glaetzer, David Wardlaw, Stephen John and Chris Hatcher as her area of expertise developed in white wine and sparkling wine production. In 1989, Christa and her husband Leon Deans worked a vintage in Champagne at various press houses and wineries.
Since 1994, Christa has been working closely with her brother, making white wines for Rolf Binder and expanding the portfolio. She is highly regarded for her work, earning a joint Barossa ‘Winemaker of the Year’ award with Rolf in 2005. Her Riesling is something truly special and she’s absolutely brilliant in the kitchen.