Jacinta Jenkins (JJ) is the winemaker at Balnaves of Coonawarra, following in the footsteps of mentor and previous Balnaves winemaker Pete Bissell. JJ grew up in Coonawarra and then went to Melbourne to complete a Bachelor in Advanced Science (Biochemistry Hons) at Monash University. Upon deciding she didn’t want to be a lab rat, JJ gained vintage experience in Coonawarra, the Barossa, the United States, New Zealand and Germany. After studying a Diploma of Viticulture & Oenology at the University of Adelaide in 2016, JJ was Assistant Winemaker at Pikes Wines in the Clare Valley, before returning to Coonawarra to work at Balnaves.
- 2021 Associate Judge