David is one of the founding winemakers of the Margaret River region of Western Australia.
His lifelong career in wine started with studies in winemaking at Fresno State University in California. David returned to Margaret River in 1970 where planting had commenced for a vineyard that was to become the Cape Mentelle estate, a wine producer founded by his brother Mark.
In 1984, David travelled to New Zealand, following up on information that something special was happening on the South Island. With Mark’s backing, Cloudy Bay was established in time for the 1985 vintage.
Moët Hennessy acquired Cape Mentelle and Cloudy Bay in 1991. David worked with that company until 2003 as managing director of both estates.
David then worked in a partnership, McHenry Hohnen Vintners. More recently he left that partnership to work with his daughter Freya, a winemaker, and Rupert Clevely, a good friend since the days when Rupert headed up sales and marketing for Veuve Clicquot in Europe.
David Hohnen’s long and successful association with the Australian wine industry has been recognised by his peers with the Len Evans Award for leadership and the Jack Mann Memorial medal.