Australian-born, Jane’s career has seen her move from hairdresser to artisanal winemaker. In 1998, she was working as a hairdresser when she asked a customer, who happened to be the wife of wine writer Jeremy Oliver, if she knew of any wineries where she could do work experience. The Olivers recommended Burgundy, which has since been an inextricable part of Jane's life. “I fell in love with France, and Burgundy is just what I wanted to make.” After working vintages at Cullen in the Margaret River, and Felton Road and Ata Rangi in New Zealand, she came to Burgundy in 2004 for a job with Domaine des Comtes Lafon. She then took over as assistant winemaker at Domaine Newman, and has slowly developed her own négociant business, renting a small space in a winery in Bligny-lès-Beaune with Dominique Lafon. She achieves impressive results with Pinot Noir using a minimal intervention approach to winemaking and allowing her wines to express a true sense of place.In the 2021 edition of Le Guide des Meilleurs Vins de France, Jane Eyre was awarded two stars, one of only 26 producers in the whole of France to be recognised at this level. Otherwise known as the ‘Guide Vert’ or Green Guide to the best French wines, the 26th edition of the book features 5,500 wines from 1,150 estates. Jane is also the only Australian producer to receive two or more stars for their wines, a phenomenal achievement for a relative newcomer to Burgundy.
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