WaterFront Cellars - About Us
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Mark Knowlton - Founder

Mike Zitzlaff - Chief Winemaker
Michael brings 25 years of international winemaking experience to WaterFront, including his role as CEO and Chief Winemaker at Yarra Valley’s Oakridge Estate – a company that he took public in 1996. Michael’s wines have been recognized internationally with awards including the Warren Winiarski Stag’s Leap Trophy for Best Cabernet Sauvignon of Show, the Wolf Blass Trophy for Best Australian Red Wine of Show at London's International Wine and Spirit Competition, and the award for Best New World Pinot Noir at the International Wine Challenge in London. Michael holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Oenology from Australia’s Famed Roseworthy Agricultural College.

Kian Tavakoli - Winemaker
Kian joined WaterFront in 2005 to head up WaterFront's Bordeaux varietal winemaking. Kian most recently was the winemaker at Clos Du Val where he ran their red wine program – including their highly-acclaimed reserve bottling. Before joining Clos Du Val in 1996, Kian spent four years learning cabernet winemaking at Opus One. With over 10 years of winemaking, operations and viticultural experience, Kian brings a stellar combination of sensory and production skills to WaterFront.



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