919 Wines is a private company with a small but flexible workforce. Between the two Principals the company has over 40 years experience in the wine industry. The company has a commitment to training young people, and employs people in cellar operations, administration, sales and production.
Eric Semmler, Director & Chief Winemaker
Eric Semmler is a Director and Winemaker for the company, overseeing the vineyards, cellar and winemaking operations. Originally a horticulturalist, he studied winemaking, worked with Brown Brothers and All Saints wineries, and then became the Fortified Winemaker with BRL Hardy. He is now one of Australia’s most respected fortified winemakers, and acknowledged as an Australian authority on the production of the heritage Apera and Topaque styles of wine.
Eric is a regular wine judge for Winestate Magazine.
Chair, Berri Lutheran Pastoral Assistants
Previously: Chair, Riverland Wine Show
Jenny Semmler, Director & Company Secretary, Head of Marketing
Jenny Semmler is the Company Secretary and Director, and oversees the marketing, bottling and administration of the company. Originally a pharmacist, she studied winemaking, later undertaking research in wine flavour development. After working for Strathbogie Vineyards, Pennyweight Wines and St Huberts, she took a position as Quality Manager for Constellation Wines, and was recognised as one of the world specialists in bag in box wine production.
Board member, Destination Riverland
Previously: Co-ordinator, Riverland Creative Writing Group