Despite the family’s long history, it was the influence of two external mentors that cemented Colin’s decision to follow in the footsteps of his forefathers.
“As a young man, I wasn’t sure where my future would lie but somebody had to keep the family and the winery going,” Colin says.
“My father had a serious heart attack while my brother and I were boarding at Scotch College in Melbourne. I decided to study a Diploma of Agriculture and then went on to Roseworthy Agricultural College to study oenology.
“I had an excellent lecturer there who really piqued my interest in winemaking. Then I went to work at Lindeman’s and their senior winemaker taught me a great deal.”
Working under someone with an enormous passion for the craft had a seminal impact on the young Colin.
“He really inspired me to make winemaking my profession,” he says.
“It had always been in my blood and during that time I realised it was in my heart also – that there was nothing I’d rather spend my life doing.”
Thirty years later, Colin’s daughters made the same choice their father and uncle did, back in the 1960s. All three have joined the family firm and provided it with an injection of youthful enthusiasm.
“I’m a believer in the bloodline and the passion and the DNA of wanting to be in the business,” Colin says. “The younger generation brings the youth and the drive to take the company to the next level and Malcom and I see ourselves as the more tempered voice of experience. The perfect blend is a mix of both.”