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Published:  23 July, 2008

Chain of Ponds has appointed Neville Falkenberg as its chief winemaker. The former Southcorp winemaker is one of Australia's most respected oenologists. Chain of Ponds' founder and md Gaetano "Caj" Amadio said: "We had planned to attract a full-time chief winemaker in the next couple of years, but this opportunity was too good to miss," (the opportunity being the shake-out after the reverse takeover and merger of Rosemount and Southcorp). Falkenberg was previously responsible for making many of Chain of Ponds' wines under contract at Southcorp from the early 1990s, and has been making wine from Caj's vineyards since the late 1980s. He was the Baron's Inaugural "Barossa Winemaker of the Year" in 1998 and has numerous other accolades. He continued as winemaker for Tollana after 1988 under the new owners, Penfolds, for whom he was senior white wine maker from 1990 to 2000. He was instrumental in creating Yattarna, dubbed by many critics as "The White Grange". His last position at Southcorp was as senior oenologist responsible for all premium white wine areas of South Australia, and for Eden Valley, Langhorne Creek and Adelaide Hills' red wines.