Simone is the Joint Chief Executive with her brother, Justin Horgan, of their family winery, Leeuwin Estate
, located in the picturesque Margaret River district of Western Australia, with a reputation for producing wines ranking alongside the world’s finest. She is also CEO of Leeuwin Events, responsible for staging the famed Leeuwin Concert Series, is on the board of Ultimate Winery Experiences Australia
, a collective of the country’s leading wine producers excelling in wine tourism and travels widely representing the Estate in its 30 export markets.
As a family business, Leeuwin Estate is now under the stewardship of three generations, who work alongside a team of dedicated winemakers. Celebrating the ‘Art of Fine Wine’ and welcoming visitors from around the world, they also operate a multi-award winning restaurant, cellardoor and stage numerous special events throughout the year, culminating in the annual series of spectacular summertime alfresco concerts featuring an eclectic array of the world’s greatest performers from Ray Charles
. The Estate is also the venue for the Gourmet Village, the hub of the acclaimed Margaret River Gourmet Escape
food and wine festival. Leeuwin adorns the labels of its premium wines with paintings commissioned from Australia’s leading artists, with the original artworks displayed in the Estate’s Art Gallery
Leeuwin’s philosophy of adhering to excellence has earned the Estate an outstanding international reputation. James Halliday has written, “Leeuwin Estate is a class act, every facet of its business working with the precision of a Swiss watch. It stands at the very forefront of estate-based, family owned wineries…”