Debbie Lauritz - Senior Winemaker
Debbie's winemaking philosophy is ‘let the fruit do the talking’. Much of her time is spent in the vineyard, working with our viticulturists to bring out the exquisite fruit flavours that characterise Cumulus Wines.
Starting with great fruit allows Debbie to focus on creating an elegant structure that complements modern cuisine, with moderate alcohol levels.
Debbie grew up in a wine loving family in Brisbane. In secondary school, Debbie was selected for a Rotary International Student Exchange Scholarship to France. Her host family lived in Burgundy, and it was this experience that ignited her great passion for premium wine.
An oenology graduate of the prestigious Adelaide University, Debbie has become a cool climate specialist, having made wine overseas in the cool regions of Alsace, France; Marlborough, New Zealand; Niagara, Canada; Sonoma, California, and here in Australia at Piper's River in Tasmania and in the Victorian High Country in Australia.
Now in the role of Senior Winemaker, Debbie relishes the challenge of taking high elevation wines to another level with the impressive resources of Cumulus Estate. In the last few years, she has created some intriguing new additions to the Cumulus range, such as Sparkling Pinot Grigio Chardonnay, Moscato, and Rolling Pink. Watch this space for more of her innovative work.
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