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Luigi and Athalie Bazzani.
Proprietors. Warrenmang Vineyard and Resort
LUIGI BAZZANI grew up in a vineyard in the Emilia Romagna region of Italy.
He has owned Warrenmang Vineyard in the Australian Pyrenees wine region (Victoria) since the first commercial vintage in 1977 and has been involved in winemaking there in a "hands on" capacity since that time.
With over 50 years of experience, Luigi Bazzani consistently strives to produce the finest varietal and blends through the marriage of time honoured traditional methods with the knowledge of the new world. Some of Luigi’s many accolades include:
- Lugi and Athalie Bazzani -Inducted into “Legend Status” – Melbourne Food and Wine Festival 2008
- Luigi Bazzani. - Crown Content "Who's Who in Victoria" 2008
- Past President of the Wine and Food Society of Central Victoria
- Honoured by the Wine and Food Society of Australia twice for excellence and contribution to the elevation of standards of food and wine in Australia.
- Winner of The Age Special Award for Excellence (one recipient each year) for outstanding contribution to the hospitality industry and for achieving levels of excellence in the service of food and wine.
Bachelor of Science (Wine Science)
After leaving business finance Sean started work in the wine industry in 1999, working for both super premium and large commercial wineries. Winemaker since 2004 and current winemaker at Warrenmang since 2007. Completed Bachelor of Science (Wine Science) in 2006 and currently completing Bachelor of Science (Viticulture) through Charles Sturt University. Very passionate about winemaking and optimising grape potential. Sean has a string of accolades to his name with many 5 star Warrenmang wines made each year. We are proud to have such talent in our winery. Sean loves to meet our guests and show them through the cellar and underground barrel hall.... dont forget to come and say hello to him when you visit.
Head Chef Warrenmang Vineyard Resort
Shaun Horton, Warrenmang’s Head Chef must have known his destiny was to work in the kitchen of a winery restaurant. From his early days when he completed his apprenticeship at the Commodore on the Park he continued pursuing his cooking career at the popular Southgate Motel restaurant in the Mt Gambier wine region. Shaun also developed an appreciation for wine and food matching when he managed a well known café in the wine region of Coonawarra. Heading to Victoria to broaden his knowledge, Shaun wended his way down to the Macedon Wine Region where he cooked at the Farmers Arms in Daylesford, refining and developing his skills and techniques in one of country Victoria’s best gastro pubs. Shaun came to the Pyrenees wine region as Warrenmang’s Sous Chef in 2014 and worked alongside his mentor Sean Dunn…until Sean resigned for family and health reasons in May 2015. Chef Shaun has quickly adapted to his new mantle of Head Chef, ably supported by our new Sous Chef, Dan Cossar and apprentice Tanya Miles. Shaun continues to impress our guests with delicious, classically prepared dishes, using only the best and freshest ingredients and the comments in our guest book are testament to his talents in the kitchen. Shaun is looking forward to introducing a new Menu in the coming weeks and he has continued the tradition for which Warrenmang has become renowned by daily baking a range of irresistible artisan breads for the Warrenmang restaurant and also for some lucky guests to enjoy at home. Come and experience fantastic dining at Warrenmang soon! We look forward to welcoming you.
WINNER OF THE 2011-2012 GOLDEN PLATE AWARD for outstanding service and excellence, Hospitality, front of house - Goldfields Region of Victoria.
Kevin Buckle has been one of Warrenmang's greatest assets for 20 years, and in the words of recent Swedish guests at Warrenmang on NYE 2008 "he makes the place!") Kevin has worked with various members of the Bazzani family since time immemorial... he worked with Paola Bazzani (Luigi's sister) and Mario (Luigi's brother) in their Melbourne restaurants in the 80's. He also worked with Luigi and Athalie for several years at their famous La Scala Restaurant in Ballarat. Kevin is a very important part of the Warrenmang family and well known for his wicked sense of humour... (we had to ask Kevin to wear a nametag recently to deter him from telling guests he was ‘Luigi” – it was all very confusing for our patrons unfamiliar with Kevin’s little jokes. He loves to share his humour with our guests as he offers them his personal brand of excellent service, combined with his trademark laugh which can be always be heard around the resort.