Winemaker - Sean Brennan
From New York to Gibbston
Originally a native to New York, Sean spent much of his childhood in Gibbston and the surrounding area, where his family has had land for over 30 years. At an early age, Sean realised that he wanted to settle in this part of the world and began his winemaking career in 1994 when the first vines were planted on the family vineyard in Gibbston.
For many years, the fruit on the Brennan Vineyards was sold to Peregrine Wines, while Sean was developing his winemaking skills. In early 2006, Sean moved to Gibbston permanently with his family, and launched the Brennan label.
From humble beginnings as a stock boy for a New York wine distributor, Sean immersed himself in the wine industry. He spent a number of years working 'vintages' in the USA, Australia and New Zealand, and in 2000 he began his formal training at Adelaide University.
During the 4 year course, an obsession was born with Pinot Noir, particularly those from New Zealand. After completing the course, Sean spent 2 years in the Adelaide Hills working with cool climate varieties before making his return to the family vineyard. In March 2006, Sean returned to the Gibbston with his young family and worked the 2006 vintage at Gibbston Valley Wines. During the following vintage, Sean made his first Pinot Noir under the Brennan Label and 2007 marked the release of the full range of Brennan Wines.