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Calabria Family Wines has announced the appointment of Emma Norbiato to the role of Chief Winemaker.

Calabria Family Wines was established in 1945 and has grown to be one of Australia’s top producing family winemakers under the leadership of director and winemaker, Bill Calabria.

Today, the company is managed by the third generation of the Calabria family, with Bill overseeing viticulture management, and is proud for Norbiato take on the position of Chief Winemaker.

Norbiato joined the winemaking team at Calabria Family Wines in 2009 and during this time she was named 2016 Australia’s Women in Wine ‘Winemaker of the Year’.

“They say you are only as good as the sum of your parts, and I am very fortunate to be part of a good team”


With 18 vintages of winemaking experience, Norbiato is also a senior wine show judge with over 15 years of experience across both regional and capital city shows.

Norbiato’s new role of Chief Winemaker will see her responsible for the winemaking and stylistic direction of the Calabria Family wine portfolio, working together with the team of winemakers and grapegrowers to produce high quality wines.

Norbiato is looking forward to working with the dedicated Calabria winemaking team to continue the strong direction of the family portfolio.

“They say you are only as good as the sum of your parts, and I am very fortunate to be part of a good team,” she said.

“I am truly excited about the upcoming wine developments we have ahead for 2018, from multiple regions around Australia.”

Norbiato also paid tribute to Bill Calabria’s legacy.

“Bill has been a great asset of our region and mentor to many. I am deeply honoured to take on this position and share the Calabria family story and wines.”

Bill Calabria said the appointment reinforced the strong direction the family company will be investing in its portfolio moving forward.

“Emma’s passion has allowed her to shine through the ranks at Calabria Family Wines right up to Chief Winemaker.”

“Her extensive knowledge of the Australian wine industry, together with the strength of Emma’s award winning winemaking will be a credit to the Calabria Family brands and I know that she will continue to nurture our wine portfolio.”

Bill Calabria said the Calabria family look forward to seeing the team drive brand growth under Norbiato’s leadership.

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