New year, new winemaker at Ballandean Estate Wines
Ballandean Estate is blending a new winemaker into the family fold, 32-year-old Boxi Zhen, who will be starting a new chapter in his winemaking career at Queensland’s oldest family-owned and operated winery.
Fourth generation vigneron Leeanne Puglisi-Gangemi says,
Mr Zhen is enjoying the thriving community of the Granite Belt, the considerably cooler climate, natural beauty and proximity to Brisbane and the Gold Coast.
Boxi moved to Adelaide from China at the age of 24 to complete his prestigious Master of Viticulture & Oenology at the University of Adelaide. He also has a degree in Food Science, which places him in excellent stead to continue the R&D science-based approach employed by Ballandean Estate’s previous winemaker of 22 vintages, Dylan Rhymer.