Jo Ahearne MW joins Mirabeau

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Jo is both an oenologist and Master of Wine, making her doubly qualified to lead the technical aspects of winemaking at Mirabeau. We are so happy to be working with Jo as she brings heaps of experience and a very practical sense of how we can achieve our objective of making one of the best rosés in Provence.

Jo Ahearne MW

Before becoming a full-time winemaking consultant, Jo’s most recent role was as head wine buyer at Harrods. Before that she was the senior winemaker at Marks & Spencer for 7 years which means that, unusually for a winemaker, she has direct experience in retail and is therefore used to making wine specifically with the consumer in mind.

Jo completed her Oenology Degree in Australia in 1998 where she has worked with iconic boutique wineries such as Charles Melton and Pipers Brook, as well as making wine for global brands such as Jacobs Creek and Hardys. In Europe she has had a variety of consultancies in Spain, France and Italy, working with wineries to refine and improve the quality of their wines to fit export markets.

Jo holds the title of Master of Wine, the highest qualification in wine. The Masters of Wine Institute is 60 years old and during that time only 312 people have managed to complete the full qualification. She is also a regular judge for several wine competitions, including the Decanter World Wine Awards and the International Wine Challenge.

Jo will take over the leadership and development of Mirabeau’s winemaking from Angela Muir MW, who is gradually moving more towards retirement. Angela helped us set up Mirabeau in 2010 and will remain on the team with an advisory role.

This is what Jo says: “I am delighted to join the Mirabeau team, working alongside Stephen and his family to make the most of the wonderful grapes of Provence. My love of ‘proper Rosé’ started while working with Charles Melton and his Rose of Virginia. Often seen as a fluffy alternative, Rosé is actually hard to make well. The balance between freshness, fruit sweetness and just the right colour is an exciting tightrope to walk along. Last week we spent a few days in the vineyards tasting grapes and the heady scent of wild thyme and rosemary made me quite dizzy with delight!”.

Stephen Cronk
The author: Stephen Cronk

I became captivated with the world of wine whilst on a visit to the Barossa Valley during my gap year in Australia. I went on to join a London wine merchant and studied wine for several years before starting my own wine business at 24. I sold the business aged 30 and went into Telecoms for 15 years, during which time I began cooking up the plan to create Mirabeau.

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