Jane, John & Christopher Tyrrell
Born 1980, 1981 & 1982 respectively
Bruce and Pauline Tyrrell’s three children Jane, John and Christopher, have grown up around the Tyrrell’s winery just as their father and grandfather did. From childhood days earning pocket money working in the business, all three are now instrumental in directing Tyrrell’s as a modern Australian wine company, while maintaining the integrity of continued family ownership.
Jane Tyrrell officially joined the business in 2001, working as personal assistant to the sales manager. Jane then joined the NSW Sales team where she worked her way through the ranks to build solid relationships with a new generation of wine buyers and and now looks after the key On Premise accounts for NSW.
John Tyrrell also works in the winery in a role his father, Bruce, refers to as Minister for Morale. “John keeps things in line for the winemaking team and ensures crew members always have a smile on their faces.”
Chris Tyrrell is the fifth generation of Tyrrell family winemaking dynasty, alongside his sister Jane and brother John. Chris’ began his winery apprenticeship in 2001at age, the first vintage after the after passing of his grandfather and Australian winemaking legend Murray Tyrrell. From then on Chris has worked with his family’s wine company. In between vintages he worked in the sales and marketing department until the end 2005 when he returned to work full time in the winery.
Since then Chris has been an assistant winemaker working with two of the great modern day Hunter Valley winemakers, Chief Winemaker Andrew Spinaze and Red Winemaker Mark Richardson. Chris has travelled extensively and spent time in and around some of the greatest estates and wine regions in the world including Burgundy, the Rhone, Bordeaux and Spain.
In recent years Chris and the rest of the Tyrrell’s winemaking team have focused heavily on improving, and in some cases reinventing their classic regional styles and single vineyard sites. Specifically the flagship semillon and shiraz wines from some of the worlds oldest vineyards.
Chris is also and active judge in the Australian wine show circuit and also runs the Hunter Valley Young Winemakers Group. Chris has also recently completed the Winemakers Federation of Australia “Future Leaders” Program which focuses on developing the next generation of Australian wine industry leaders.
In May 2012, Chris was named “Rising Star” at the Hunter Valley Wine Industry Association Legends Awards – an award which recognises young talent in the Hunter Valley. In November 2012 Chris was a scholar at the Len Evans Tutorial, what is said to be the “most exclusive wine school in the world”.
Now 30, Chris will continue to ensure that the family winemaking legend continues for one of the world’s great wine families.