Having completed his Viticulture and Winemaking Degree in 2005, Jacob then proceeded to spend the next 4.5 years travelling and working in different wine regions around the world furthering his winemaking knowledge. During this time he worked vintages in Germany, Italy, Canada, Western Australia and Victoria as he followed vintages from Southern Hemisphere to Northern Hemisphere. It was while working the long vintages in Germany that Jacob discovered a real passion for Riesling. This passion for Riesling developed further when working in, and making wines from, the same vineyards in Germany as his ancestors of 8 generations earlier had.
In 2009 Jacob returned to Mudgee to take up the winemaking role at the family winery. Since arriving back to Mudgee Jacob has continued his love affair with Riesling, which resulted in the Robert Stein Rieslings fast becoming known as one of NSW’s best examples of this varietal. The release of the 2009 Reserve Cabernet Shiraz blend, combined with the high quality Rieslings, was the deciding factor in his being awarded the Gourmet Traveller Young Winemaker of the Year for 2012.
Since achieving this award Jacob has continued to produce award winning wines, which have seen the winery attain a Red 5 star rating with James Halliday Wine Companion. Given his enviable list of awards, one would think the best is yet to come from this young winemaker.
JACOB STEIN’S CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
2017Awarded Winemaker of the Year at the 2017 Mudgee Wine Show
20162016 Riesling awarded 6 Golds and 2 trophies at Regional, State and National wine shows, including an Elite Gold (96pts) at 2016 International Riesling Challenge.
2016Half Dry Riesling award Gold, and trophy for Best Riesling at Australian Highlands Wineshow
20162009 Riesling awarded Gold, and trophy for Australia’s Best Museum Riesling at the 2016 International Riesling Challenge
2015The 2015 Half Dry Riesling awarded Champion Wine Of Show at Mudgee Wine Show
2014The 2014 Reserve Riesling awarded Champion Wine Of Show at Mudgee Wine Show
2012Gourmet Traveller Young Winemaker of the Year
2011International Up and Coming Riesling Winemaker – Canberra International Riesling Challenge
Since 2011Robert Stein Winery has been continuously awarded a James Halliday 5 Star rating
2009, 2010, 2011Mudgee Wine Show Most Successful Exhibitor
2010The Wine Society Young Winemaker of the Year Finalist
Lisa completed a Bachelor of Science (Oenology) in 2002 and started her career in winemaking in Mudgee in 2003. Lisa has also completed vintages in Germany, New Zealand, Turkey and the Hunter Valley which have all played a pivotal role in expanding her knowledge base and in shaping her winemaking career. With 14 vintages in the Mudgee region, she is passionate about the area and believes that it is a diverse region, producing premium wines with character.