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Yuri Berns

Last week the Swan Valley & Regional Winemakers Association held their Annual General Meeting and a new President was elected – Yuri Berns, Winemaker from Sittella.

Yuri started his career in winemaking in 2004 and graduated from Curtin University in oenology and viticulture in 2011. He has worked in Margaret River, Napa Valley, Champagne and now the Swan Valley. His passion is making and producing sparkling wines of fruit purity combined with subtle complexity.

He takes over from John Griffiths, Winemaker from Faber Vineyard who is rotating off from the President role but will remain on the executive committee. The Association is the voice of the local wine industry to Government, Industry and affiliate bodies and their primary purpose is to keep their members informed.

He takes over from John Griffiths, Winemaker from Faber Vineyard


The Association’s mission is to represent, support and assist the winemakers of the Swan Valley by showcasing the regions premium wines in consultation with key stakeholders of the region.

The Swan Valley is one of the only wine regions within a 30-minute drive of a major capital city, anywhere in the world. Over 40 vineyards are spread throughout this fertile region. The Swan Valley celebrated 180 years of winemaking in 2014.

For all media enquiries please contact Alison Cridge on 0410 461 283 or via email swanvalleywinemakersevents@gmail.com