I was fortunate to land my dream winemaking job at the renowned Howard Park, in the Great Southern. The plan at that stage was to hone my skills, learn as much as I could and move to Tasmania; 15 years later we’re still here.
In 1998, whilst at Howard Park, I started making wine on contract for Harewood and in 2003 my family and I took the plunge to purchase Harewood Estate. It was a nerve-racking time, we decided to build a 300 tonne winery and were up to our necks. I knew it was ambitious, but we were making a serious commitment to develop sub-regional wines that showcased the variety of the Great Southern.
Hard work is paying off; the winery has grown to 500 tonnes and we’ve received 31 national and international Trophies, hundreds of medals and the coveted 5 Red Star Rating from influential wine critic James Halliday which is awarded to the top 5% of Australian wineries for “a consistent record of excellence”.
The aim of Harewood Estate hasn’t changed: grapes are grown in select, low yielding vineyards to create wines that represent the best the region has to offer.