Bird in Hand winemakers Dylan Lee and Kym Milne MW have won the coveted trophy for the ‘Red Winemaker of the Year’ at what is considered the world’s most influential wine competition, the International Wine Challenge (IWC) held in London on July 9. This comes just months after Bird in Hand’s 2017 Syrah received four trophies and was awarded the best ‘Australian Red’ at the IWC in May.
Originally from Perth, Dylan Lee moved to Adelaide to study winemaking, graduating from the University of Adelaide with a Bachelor of Oenology. He then travelled and worked in Rhône Valley, Niagara Peninsula and Margaret River where he gained invaluable experience in cool-climate winemaking, before starting at Bird in Hand in 2010. Lee has worked under the guidance of Bird in Hand’s Winemaking Director Kym Milne MW for eight years and was honoured to be awarded the 2019 Red Winemaker of the Year.
It has been a big month for Bird in Hand, who also announced plans for a $30 million revamp of their Woodside winery and cellar door. The upgrade will include an exclusive 40-seat wine and culinary experience, art gallery, increased cellar door space, underground cellars, tasting rooms and landscaped gardens. The company expects the revamp will create up to 50 sustainable, long-term jobs for the local community and will cater for up to 400 additional visitors to the region every day – on top of the more than 20,000 who currently visit Bird in Hand annually.