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Winemaking Team

John Pezzaniti

CEO and Chief Winemaker

John is the current generation of an Italian/Australian family winemaking tradition that dates back over six generations to the land of his forefathers in Calabria. He completed Applied Science at the Phillip Institute of Technology and Wine Science at Melbourne University before commencing his career as a winemaker. John’s first position was a cellar-hand followed by eight years of technical research and development in the local citrus industry. He joined Qualia Wines in 1996.

A lot of large wineries have “bean counters” at their helm but with John steering the ship, Qualia Wines has its roots planted firmly in winemaking. The 2014 vintage was John’s eighteenth.

I was born in Mildura in 1969 and I have been in the region all my life. I love the relaxed lifestyle here which goes hand in hand with our wine, fresh produce and cuisine for which the Murray Darling Region is highly regarded.