My childhood was spent growing up in the country and not just in one place, all over the countryside. From farming lands to the Goldfields to the northern parts of Australia right down to the south, and I loved every minute of it. The country, the outback, the landscape, whatever you may want to call it, to me, was a special place to grow up in. School holidays were spent either running around wide-open spaces until the sun went down at the end of the day or splashing about in one of the many beautiful beaches on the WA coast.
And this was one of the main reasons why I got into winemaking. I wanted to work with the land and to be involved in agriculture. The wine industry seemed a pretty good place to start. Since my first vintage in 2002 I have loved the nature of vintage. The anticipation of the first grapes, the smell of the winery as it comes alive, the magnitudes of many tastes and even the long working hours – it hooks you in and creates an excitement that crave once it has gone.
After 12 years working with a mix of established and key emerging producers in WA throughout the Margaret River ad Great Southern Wine regions along with completing several international vintages around the world, I relocated to Victoria with my family and immersed myself into the many wine regions throughout the state. I was struck by the stunning wines and contrast between the Mornington Peninsula and Yarra Valley wine regions and the exposure to what could become new and potentially great opportunities.
In following a dream to craft and sculpt my own wines, Pinemount Wines was established in 2016. While this vintage focused on establishing a brand within the Yarra Valley, the intention for Pinemount in the future is to expand the grower base to include the production of character filled wines from varieties sourced in other unique local regions.