After embarking on a journey through the traditional vinegar-makers of Europe, Lírah founder, Ian Henderson made it his mission to create a product that would help Australians appreciate superior quality vinegar, and that’s how Lírah was born.
Under the Lírah brand, Ian has built the finest mix of vinegar cultures, equipment, and people, to become Australia’s premier provider of gourmet vinegars for the fine-home-dining and fine-food service markets.
Today, Lírah operates from a state of the art, purpose-built factory in Stanthorpe, in Southern Queensland’s famous, Granite Belt, in an impressive, custom-built facility where thousands of litres of vinegar are produced every week.
Ian Henderson (2006 – Vinegar Making)
This prestigious scholarship was awarded to study vinegar manufacturing from foods currently in oversupply in Australia (apples, pears, citrus, sugar, wine grapes) as a means of finding alternative markets and uses for this produce. Ian studied the art of vinegar making in Austria, Italy, Spain and France.
The Lirah team consists of a dedicated team of food loving professionals. Successfully combining a variety of backgrounds and skills, the team strives each day to produce the very best vinegar products. The shared love of good food is a cornerstone of our company culture. Every week, the team enjoys a ‘company lunch’, prepared by a different team member – all of whom are not only very knowledgeable in vinegar production but also how to use vinegar to enhance food experiences.
CEO and winemaker/vinegar maker
Ian is the most experienced and technically proficient vinegar maker in Australia. He is responsible for the day-to-day operations at Lirah, as well as new product development. Ian also provides a comprehensive consulting and vinegar education service together with offering product development assistance to vinegar users. In addition to his five years of vinegar making experience, Ian has 10 years of professional winemaking experience in large winemaking enterprises.
Chief Financial Officer
Robyn is responsible for all financial matters at Lírah plus corporate governance responsibilities. She has over 15 years of accounting and computer accounting experience.
If you want to work at Lirah you have to love food; it’s the shared passion for food, cooking and quality Australian produce that binds the team. Weekly staff lunches, regular company restaurant trips and food escape weekends are all part of working at Lirah. Most of our team have science discipline backgrounds but have found a place where science and precision can mix with food enthusiasm to create exceptional products.
Ian is the most respected vinegar and highly qualified vinegar maker in Australia. Using his extensive education and work experience in Europe, in combination with his Australian winemaking qualifications, Ian has created in Lirah, a unique fusion of old-world methods and modern-Australian style.
Ian travels the world educating trade and consumers on how vinegar is made and how to use vinegar with confidence in cuisine. Many of Australia’s leading chefs use Lirah products and work directly with Ian in the development of dishes for their restaurants. Ian’s skill and expertise is also sought by many Australian major food manufacturers to help them create new and innovative products using vinegars. Lirah also produces custom-made vinegars to assist food manufacturers in food processing.
“It is inspirational to work with artisan producers who are passionate and devoted to their product. As a chef, the right ingredient can really elevate your end result and help create something truly magical. That level of dedication is clearly evident in Lirah’s amazing range of vinegar. Lirah has proudly featured in my dishes over many previous menus and will continue to do so for many to come”
Lirah is a fantastic Australian Vinegar with great depth of flavour, texture and sits perfectly with the flavours I love and know.
‘I have had the pleasure of using Lirah vinegar for many years. It’s the balance and depth of flavour that ensures it holds its own with any European vinegar on the market.’
‘I’m a Lirah Lover! I have never been so captivated by ones man’s passion, exuberance and love for all things vinegar. Ian is an artisan producer and a master of his field. I love his products and having at least a bottle of each as a constant accessory in my fridge is an essential part of the way I cook. As soon as I tasted it I had to have it! As Australia’s premium quality vinegar, Lirah inspires my culinary journey with its pure, fresh flavours. I am passionate about creating innovative food and Lirah is my perfect ingredient for success-make it yours!’