Liam Heslop Winemaker: Mr Rascal
Liam was born in McLaren Vale and raised in Mudgee. He studied Oenology at the University of Adelaide and graduated in 2005. He has extensive experience in 5 different wineries in Mudgee including vintage at Huntington Estate in 2001 and Assistant Winemaker for two years at Pieter van Gent Winery.
Liam recently made the decision to further his winemaking dreams by joining the family business and is looking forward to helping expand the Heslop Wines and Mr Rascal ranges. From 2008 he has worked at Lowe Wines and was promoted to Winemaker in 2010 where he enjoyed the variety, excitement and challenges that a successful small winery provides. At Lowe Wines he produced a broad range of traditional and innovative wine styles for their own brands and under contract, including Certified Organic and Preservative-Free wines.
Liam travelled to Sonoma County, California in 2007 and 2008, experiencing vintages in Russian River Valley and Dry Creek Valley where he further developed his passion for Zinfandel. In 2009 he worked in Piedmonte, Italy, producing Barolo and Barbaresco.
In 2012 he gained selection to participate in the Wine Industry Future Leaders Program and was the recipient of the Trevor Drayton Scholarship.
In 2013, Liam shared the inaugural Mudgee Wine and Grape Growers’ Heroes and Icons Scholarship, receiving $2000 towards a winemaking study trip to Germany.