Philip Shaw from Philip Shaw Wines

Philip Shaw from Philip Shaw Wines

Philip Shaw Wines, Koomooloo Vineyard – Orange NSW, Australia. A  dream in the making for the last 50 years. Philip Shaw is recognised as one of the world’s leading winemakers. He’s twice been awarded the coveted Winemaker of the Year award at the London International Wine and Spirit Competition (1986 and 2000), received the Qantas Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine’s accolade for Australian Winemaker of the Year (1999) and received the Graham Gregory Trophy for his outstanding contribution to the Australian wine industry (2000). Philip started making wine using the bathtub and lemonade bottles at age 12, started his winemaking career at age 15 at wineries in the Adelaide region and by age 24 was head winemaker at Lindemans Karadoc. Ten years later he became Head of Production / Winemaking for Rosemount and Southcorp Wines, and the rest as they say is history. During his time at Rosemount Philip established his own vineyard in the Orange region in 1989. He had been searching Australia for years to find the best site in an emerging wine-growing region to make exceptional wines with flavour and finesse.  The opportunity to pioneer and champion the Orange wine-growing region greatly appealed to Philip, and his belief in the region has been backed by numerous international awards. Philip Shaw Wines are sourced entirely from the winery’s Koomooloo Vineyard in Orange. The cool climate vineyard rises to an altitude of 900m (2,950 feet), making it one of the highest vineyards in Australia. Philip’s philosophy is: “Every wine should be placed on its own canvas and not replicate others. You should be guiding the direction of the wine not controlling...
Justin Jarrett from See Saw Wines

Justin Jarrett from See Saw Wines

Justin Jarrett is a pioneer of the Orange viticulture industry and proud owner of See Saw Wine. Born in Canberra, he then moved to Young to run a geese farm and grow cherries. In 1991, he moved to Orange to continue running the geese farm but was also looking for a new project. His lifelong ambition was to run 10,000 sheep at the back of Bourke but he has instead invested his time and passion into one of the region’s most successful biodynamic vineyards. Justin completed a degree in Systems Agriculture, which was based on Holistic Agriculture and which was ground breaking in its time. The degree prepared Justin for his future career path, and coupled with his interest in organics and biodynamics it has according to Justin “formulated the way I think and see the world”. As soon as they bought Springvale, a property just out of Orange on the Cargo Road, Justin & his wife Pip began contributing to the community in which they now lived. Justin worked for Landcare for three years as the Regional Coordinator. In Justin’s opinion: “This role demonstrated how the community could come together, along with how much destruction can be caused through mismanagement”. After buying Springvale, Pip and Justin carried out a full business plan, in which they were looking at growing apples, proteas or grapes; After some previous experience growing grapes in Young, Justin planted the vineyard. They went on to approach Southcorp who offered them a contract to grow grapes. The first grapes were planted in 1995 on his dad’s property called Coolepark. During that time, Justin also started the...
Charlie Svenson from De Salis Wines

Charlie Svenson from De Salis Wines

Charlie Svenson is the owner and winemaker of De Salis Wines, and his first love for food was from the sea. As a master fisherman, he ran a lobster and barrumundi boat in the Torres Strait, which also doubled as a floating store to the isolated populations in the region. Returning to the fast-paced world, Charlie’s career as a research scientist at UNSW still had a food flavour, focusing on metabolic pathway engineering for renewable fuel – distilling ethanol from crop waste – as opposed to specially grown crops, so renewable energy production would not be competing with the food chain.Charlie’s love for wine meant he was habitually bending the ears of his friends about his passion – yet the move to winemaking seemed for Charlie, beyond him. “I was the beer brewer for the parties on campus, but craving to dabble in winemaking. When I turned 40, my mates gave me a barrel and told me to get on with it – make wine – they were sick of hearing about my viniferous dreams.” Charlie worked at Canobolas Smith in Orange for seven vintages under regional pioneer Murray Smith, who was an “inspiration for his palate.” Then made the move to Orange, initially working at CSU, and purchasing Lofty Vineyard from David Gartrell in 2009. Charlie’s philosophy to wine is aligned to a chef’s philosophy to food. “We see ourselves as minimalist winemakers at De Salis – like a great chef who will choose the best produce in season and artistically develops the flavour, enhancing but not changing its uniqueness and regionality. At De Salis we combine the place, the...
Ed Swift from Printhie Wines

Ed Swift from Printhie Wines

Printhie is owned and operated by the Swift family, consisting of Jim and Ruth and sons Ed and Dave. It was the inspiration of Jim and Ruth in 1996 to enter the wine industry with the planting of 12Ha of grapevines. The most suitable site was selected from the 500Ha property and managed by Jim and Ruth until the return of Ed and Dave in the early-2000s. At this time the vineyard area was expanded to 33Ha and a winery was built for the 2004 vintage changing the dynamic of the business from grape growing to wine production. These days Ed and Dave manage the day-to-day business operations under the watchful eyes of Jim and Ruth who have now taken up the role of Special Project Managers. A role that involves lots of travel, lots of dining out and lots of benchmarking. Find out more about Printhie Wines...
Terry Dolle from Orange Mountain Wines

Terry Dolle from Orange Mountain Wines

Terry’s family crest dates back many hundreds of years and grapevines feature on the family crest. Terry’s grandfather told him that the Dolle’s have a proud heritage in grape growing and wine making. “I am a winemaker and come from a heritage of wine producers, through my European heritage. My origins are in France and then my ancestors moved to Holland and the German area. In modern times on the map, we are from the Netherlands.” Terry grew up in nearby Forbes, and although his father was a builder the family lived on a little mixed or hobby farm. They grew grapes and vegetables to eat, and also had chooks and sheep. Terry’s grandfather was a small goods butcher, so they were always butchering and smoking food with a product range from pork products, to geese and other poultry. Food production has always been in Terry’s blood but he was looking for a different type of agriculture that would suit the farm that Terry bought near Manildra. At the time, the Orange region was just starting to establish vineyards, so he decided this was a suitable option. Terry’s wife Julie, an integral member of the Orange Mountain Wines business, moved to Orange with Terry and they planted the vineyard and built a house in 1997. Terry’s philosophy to winemaking is pretty simple. He believes that you need to be happy with what you are doing in life: “I enjoy creating things, I enjoy making wines and I like a challenge. You can always improve with wine, you can always make something better and you are always learning. When I...