Top 10 influential wine consultants10th December, 2013 by Gabriel Stone
8. Kym Milne MW
Clients: Rustenburg, Errazuriz, PLB Group and a number of small Australian producers.
The former chief winemaker at Villa Maria expanded his focus to consultancy in the 1990s, becoming one of the original “flying winemakers”. Now based in Australia, Milne’s main role is as chief winemaker for Adelaide producer Bird in Hand; however, the international consultancy work continues through his company Global Wine Solutions.
Outlining his approach, Milne highlights the broad perspective he is able to offer after a career spanning so many countries and sizes of producer. However, he sums up, “In general I would say a lot of my influence for my higher end clients is often about focusing on more elegant styles – often looking at options of reducing alcohol a little, sometimes reducing the amount of new oak in some styles – not what many would imagine of a New World based winemaking consultant.”