From the vineyard, to the winery, to the cellar door, our hard-working and loyal team are committed to producing the best wine possible for the customers of S&K.
It didn’t take long for Wendy Killeen to realise during the interview process for S&K’s new winemaker, that Andrew Drumm would be a perfect match for the business and our tight-knit team. He is not only a skilled and intuitive winemaker, Andrew also has the perfect balance of academic and practical expertise with a valuable background in business.
For the twelve years before working at S&K, Andrew was the Winemaker for Charles Sturt University’s commercial winery, Charles Sturt Wines. In addition to overseeing all of the winemaking-from sparkling production through to fortifieds- he also trained students who have gone onto great careers in the wine industry all around Australia and overseas. His role at CSU also included taking the role of Business Manager and has thus given him a great range of skills and experience in branding, marketing, business development and management.
However, oenology was not the first thing Andrew tried his hand at. After graduating from Canterbury University in 1993, Andrew worked as a Chemical Engineer in the oil industry, working in New Zealand and the Netherlands, both offshore and onshore in the gas and oil fields. Winemaking always stuck in his mind though, and after discovering at university the incredible diversity of wine out there, Andrew knew that he would one day pursue an enjoyable and challenging career in the wine industry.
When he’s not cooking or learning how to horse ride with his two young daughters and lovely wife, Martina, Andrew is a bit of a sucker for shiny tech toys. His favourite food and wine match? A delicious Touriga or Tempranillo paired with a big piece of steak that has been shown what a charcoal grill looks like (not for long either!).
“I love being a winemaker as everyday day is different. I always enjoy meeting our customers as everyone is always happy when wine tasting! I’m really enjoying being here at Stanton and Killeen- there is plenty of heritage, but also plenty of future. The renewed emphasis on the Iberian varieties is innovative and exciting”.Andrew Drumm - Winemaker