Meet the makers

Gwyn Olsen – Briar Ridge & Gwyn Olsen wines

Introducing one of Hunter Valley's brightest shining stars

Gwyn received the prestigious Gourmet Traveller Wine’s Young Winemaker Medal in 2014, and is a respected winemaker in the Australian wine industry.

Gwyn studied Oenology at Roseworthy University in Adelaide, graduating in 2005 before working three vintages in France – Languedoc, St Emillion and Burgundy. From there Gwyn worked a further six vintages in New Zealand, and quickly rose through the ranks from Assistant winemaker at Villa Maria to become their Operations Manager.

In late 2015, Gwyn became the Head Winemaker for Peppertree Wines in the Hunter Valley, where she also oversees entire production of boutique winery Briar Ridge  as well as crafting her Gwyn Olsen wines exclusively for us! 

"Initially, I was inspired to get into the world of winemaking because I had a love of activity and travel! I was searching for career options, and after realising that I did not want to be a biochemist, winemaking sounded great with it’s applied science, active work and ever changing seasons!" she recalls. 

Blessed with an incredible palate, Gwyn was named ‘Dux’ of the Australian Wine Research Institute’s Advanced Wine Assessment Course in 2012, and was described as an ‘individual with exceptional judging skills’. As a result, Gwyn now judges at six wine shows throughout Australia, including two National Wine Shows – Adelaide and Melbourne.

In 2017 Gwyn was selected as part of the 2017 Future Leaders program coordinated by Wine Australia in partnership with the Winemakers' Federation of Australia (WFA) and Australian Vignerons. This program is designed to develop participants' leadership capabilities and encourage innovation and thoughtful debate on the future of the sector.


Women in Wine

Gwyn is one of many award-winning winemakers participating in Australia's first drinks festival with an all-female lineup on 8th and 9th of March - Meet the Makers: Women in Beer, Wine & Spirits.  

“Winemaking is a tough job for anyone with long work hours especially during harvest, and it’s great to see women thriving in this great industry, and using their voice to promote the wines and the regions that they love,” Gwyn Olsen, Head Winemaker at Pepper Tree Wines, Hunter Valley.