Chief Operating Officer
Chris Tyrrell is the fifth generation of the Tyrrell family winemaking dynasty, alongside his sister Jane and brother John.
Chris began his winery apprenticeship in 2001 at age 18, the first vintage after the 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 of 2005 when he returned to work full time in the winery.
From 2006 through 2014 Chris was the Assistant Winemaker working with two of the great modern day Hunter Valley winemakers, Chief Winemaker Andrew Spinaze and Red Winemaker Mark Richardson.
In late 2014 Chris was promoted to the role of Chief Operating Officer, overseeing all facets of production at the Hunter Valley winery and vineyard.
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 world’s oldest vineyards.
Chris is also an active judge in the Australian wine show circuit and has also recently completed the Winemakers’ Federation of Australia “Future Leaders” Program which focuses on developing the next generation of Australian wine industry leaders. He also current serves on the Board of the Hunter Valley Wine & Tourism Association as a Director.
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 37, Chris will continue to ensure that the family winemaking legend continues for one of the world’s great wine families.
Building upon their inheritance of just 60 acres to 900 acres today, Tyrrell’s premium vineyards extend from their historic home in the Hunter Valley to other distinguished grape growing regions of Australia including Heathcote in Victoria.