Winemaker still has a barrel of fun at his job

Classic tastes: Houghton’s senior winemaker Ross Pamment. Picture: Robin Kornet www.communitypix.com.au d397081
Classic tastes: Houghton’s senior winemaker Ross Pamment. Picture: Robin Kornet www.communitypix.com.au d397081

The senior winemaker at Houghton describes his introduction into the industry as ‘getting dirt under my fingernails.’

Fine wines resonated with his palate from a young age.

‘I discovered wine and never looked back,’ Mr Pamment (44) says, as he sips on a glass on Houghton 2012 White Classic.

With a keen interest in chardonnay, he ventured to Burgundy, France, in 1990, to undertake a vintage with Louis Chapuis of Aloxe Corton.

After two years wandering through the vineyards of Europe, he brought home a greater appreciation of the heritage of wine and its interaction with culture.

‘I had a specific desire to learn more about chardonnay and that’s why I chose Burgundy to work. To this day, chardonnay is my favourite wine and cabernet sauvignon, as a red,’ he said.

Back in Australia, Mr Pamment studied a Bachelor of Science in Oenology at Charles Sturt University in Wagga, NSW.

After working in Margaret River, he rejoined the winemaking team at Houghton, in the Swan Valley, in 1999.

In 2001, he was the inaugural winner of the Young Winemaker of the Year award and in 2009 was appointed Houghton’s senior winemaker.

‘My biggest inspiration is Paul Lapsley ” a former senior winemaker at Houghton. He mentored me at the early years,’ Mr Pamment said.

‘If you have a genuine interest and passion in wine, you will go far ” on the one hand it’s a science, on the other hand it’s an art’