Our Winemaker

John WinemakerWhen we were established in 1991, the winemaking was carried out by John Vale in the farm shed using very primitive equipment and an old wooden basket press and Hungarian oak barrels.

In 1997, our stone and mudbrick, purpose built winery was completed and winemaking transferred to the new winery / laboratory / barrel store – and the wines improved – maybe the winemaker was getting a bit more experienced!  New equipment was purchased, new French Oak barrels were acquired and we were on the road to a small commercial winery.

 

Around 2000, our youngest daughter Caroline took an interest in the winemaking process and decided to initially study a Bachelor of Science degree majoring in Biochemistry at Melbourne University and later a Bachelor of Applied Science (Wine Science) at Charles Sturt University.  Employment at Stoniers Winery, Tucks Ridge, Blue Pyrenees, Leasingham, Stonehaven, Reynella followed with a vintage in the Rhone valley (France) in 2003. Caroline has been responsible for the overall winemaking process until illness forced her to step back in 2014.

Sadly, Caroline passed away on 8th November, 2015 after a 20 month battle with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia and her father John resumed winemaking responsibilities for 2016 vintage and continue with the wine styles created by Caroline.

We miss her terribly.100_0957