Too echo the words of Robert Mondavi from his autobiography; “Wine to me is passion. Its family and friends. It’s warmth of heart and generosity of spirit. Wine is art. It’s culture. It’s the essence of civilization and the art of living.”
The decision to study Oenology and Viticulture came not only as a life changing, but also life altering experience at an advance stage in my life. With an empirical academic background and a natural creative artistic streak, it was at last possible to pursue a career where I could find quality of life, a sense of belonging and the ability to use science and artistic flair to create a product like no other. One that is a living thing with a soul of its own, one that touches the lives of so many through all of life’s tribulations. It celebrates birth, coming of age, love, health, religion and for some, even death.
For me, the aim with a career as a winemaker would be to create and innovate wines that not only excel in a competitive market, but always delivers the highest quality wine at an ethical price point, without compromising sustainable and best environmental practices.