Winemaker Tim Heath joined Katnook in July 2018. He worked at Mountadam in the Barossa before moving to Cloudy Bay, New Zealand, where he was Senior Winemaker for over 15 years. Heath became Katnook's second winemaker, taking over from founding winemaker, Wayne Stehbens, who died suddenly in 2017.
While at Cloudy Bay, Tim was responsible for all facets of crafting the company’s internationally renowned wine styles, as well as overseeing winery infrastructure and expansion. Tim has extensive experience promoting wine and liaising with key opinion leaders in national and international markets.
Prior to Tim’s move to Cloudy Bay, he was Winemaker at Mountadam in the Barossa Valley, during which time he assisted with vintage at Cave de Tain-l'Hermitage, Northern Rhone, France. Tim has visited most major French, Spanish and German wine regions, rounding out his international approach to winemaking.
Born and raised in Australia, Tim began studying a Bachelor of Science at the University of Adelaide, before transferring to a Bachelor of Oenology when he realised that winemaking “looked like too much fun to be considered a ‘real’ job”. He graduated from Oenology with First Class Honours, completing a thesis entitled ‘The development of non-destructive photo-chemical assay to measure the ingress of oxygen into bottled wine through various closures.’
In taking on the mantle,Tim Heath brings a wealth of international expertise and creative flair that is certain to build on Wayne Stehbens’ great legacy and take Katnook into an exciting future.
Click here to read our interview with Tim.