Down-to-earth Chief Winemaker, Emma Norbiato, quietly does it all with grace, good nature and style.
Working with Calabria Family Wines has become the perfect balance for Emma – caretaking for vineyards and winemaking entwined with looking after her growing family.
A career spanning over 20 years starting in the Riverina, studying at Charles Sturt University and working in many fine wine regions around the world including Castelgiocondo in Tuscany, Penfolds and Casella.
Emma has received widespread recognition for her winemaking skills, including ‘Winemaker of the Year’ in 2016 at the Australian Women in Wine Awards and a finalist for Gourmet Travellers 2019 'Winemaker of the Year', she is a respected wine judge and a Len Evans Tutorial Scholar.
She is passionate about alternate varieties, the Riverina region and crafting wines with balance and texture. Emma also credits the team she works with, ‘having a talented and dedicated team is our biggest asset’. Together the winemaking team have produced over 40 trophy winning wines.
DID YOU KNOW
In 2019 Emma collaborated with fellow female winemakers, Sue Hodder, Rebekah Richardson and Corrina Wright, to release the world’s first wine produced by women to raise funds for women in wine. ‘Hear Me Roar’ was a multi-regional South Australian shiraz made by four of this country’s best winemakers. 100% of profits from the sales of the wine went to assist women to flourish and succeed in their chosen profession in the Australian wine industry.