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Our Team


Emma Walker

Winemaker

Growing up on a 4,500 acre grain and livestock property in north western NSW, Emma is no stranger to hard work and dedication. Originally planning to gain some practical knowledge for her work in fine wine stores in Brisbane, Emma worked her first vintage over 20 years ago. However, Emma found her calling with wine production and decided to try her hand at the AWRI Advanced Wine Assessment Course, after which she embarked on a double degree in Wine Science and Viticulture at Charles Sturt University. Emma has worked extensively throughout various regions, including McLaren Vale, Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, Margaret River, as well as working vintages in California and the French region of Bordeaux.

Emma’s passion for Clare Valley Riesling is a great fit for the Knappstein Enterprise Winery, we look forward to Emma playing an integral role in the Knappstein Winery.

James Arnold

Vineyard Manager

James was appointed Vineyard Manager for Knappstein Wines in July 2017 as part of an expanded role within the business. He now oversees the management of 160ha of premium vineyards for the Knappstein, Leasingham and Petaluma brands in the stunning Clare Valley.

James' destiny really began in the early 1920s when two of his great grandfathers began planting vineyards in the Riverland.  From a very early age he lived and worked on the family vineyards. As a fourth generation wine grape grower, his family's passion for the land and growing grapes has now spanned nearly 100 years.

After graduating from Adelaide University with a degree in Economics and Agribusiness, James spent the next few years moving around the country gaining knowledge in various wine growing regions including the Riverland, Margaret River and Langhorne Creek, before finally settling down in the Clare Valley. 

Since taking the role of Vineyard Manager for Leasingham Wines in 2007, James has continued to develop his knowledge of the region and hone his skills as a viticulturist. He and wife Alice are happy to call Clare home and together with their two young girls look forward to many more years in the region.  

In his spare time, James enjoys spending time with his family, working on his property, riding motorbikes and tending to his livestock… but mainly riding motorbikes!