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Meet Boxi Zhen

We’re blending a new winemaker into the family fold! Boxi joined Ballandean Estate in late 2022, taking the reins from multi-award-winner Dylan Rhymer. Boxi will continue our delivery of delectable, varietal, regional wines of character — and inject some fresh ideas.

As a flying winemaker, Boxi has followed vintages around the world, from the Napa Valley to China, South Australia and now the Granite Belt. Boxi’s experience at Bird in Hand Wines in the Adelaide Hills and Chateau Nine Peaks in Qingdao is a perfect alignment with our unique terroir and cool climate.

We expect that Boxi’s minimal intervention approach and fresh perspective will underpin the Granite Belt as a region that continues to build on its momentum for new, exciting wines that suit our ever-changing climate.

Winemaking philosophy

“I want to bring out the best expression of the fruit and terroir, with minimal intervention and a mix of modern and traditional winemaking techniques.

“What attracted me to the Granite Belt was the chance to work with the incredible fruit produced here, the high altitude and cool climate delivering intense flavours and such high acid, thanks to the slow ripening seasons and chilly nights."

Boxi Zhen


We’re always looking to bring in new varietals, ideas and technology. This reflects our ongoing quest to bring you the very best wines, while ensuring that everything we do is environmentally sustainable.

Through careful fruit selection, science and the impressive skills of our winemaker, Ballandean Estate is able to craft distinctive table wines full of unique flavours and characters.

Ballandean Estate may be Queensland’s oldest family-run winery, but we’ve built our reputation on innovation, consistent quality, and a healthy dash of rebellion.

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