YURI Berns from Sittella is the Swan Valley and Regional Winemakers Association’s new president.
Mr Berns, who started his career in winemaking in 2004 and graduated from Curtin University in oenology and viticulture in 2011, was elected at the association’s annual general meeting last week.
The Sittella winemaker has worked in Margaret River, Napa Valley, Champagne and the Swan Valley.
His passion is making and producing sparkling wines of fruit purity combined with subtle complexity.
He takes over from John Griffiths from Faber Vineyard who will remain on the executive committee.
In a statement the association said it was the voice of the Swan Valley and regions wine industry to government, industry and affiliate bodies and its primary purpose is to keep members informed.
“The association’s mission is to represent, support and assist the winemakers of the Swan Valley by showcasing the regions premium wines in consultation with key stakeholders of the region,’’ the statement said.
“The Swan Valley is Western Australia’s oldest wine region and has a reputation for fine wine while retaining its cultural heritage and rural ambience.
“What makes a visit to the Swan Valley’s wineries special is the chance to meet the owners and winemakers and to taste wines only available at the cellar door.
“The Swan Valley is one of the only wine regions within a 30-minute drive of a major capital city, anywhere in the world.
“More than 40 vineyards are spread throughout this fertile region.’’
The Swan Valley celebrated 180 years of winemaking in 2014.