Despite being surrounded by vines and wine from a young age, Nick didn’t really consider a career in the industry as a possibility until late in his teens when he had to make a choice about which university course to pursue.
‘All I knew was that I wanted a job that would keep me in the fresh-air, would allow me to travel and would give me the opportunity to work with a diverse bunch of people. Winemaking ticked all the boxes, so I thought bugger it I’ll give it a go’.
It wasn’t very long into his degree at Adelaide University before he realised he had found his calling. ‘I loved it…. I mean what’s not to love about drinking wine and hanging out in vineyards and making wine is such a unique pursuit. There are very few jobs that combine creativity and science’.
Since completing his degree Nick has managed to rack up a diverse array of experiences; technical officer on a vineyard in the Riverland, vintages in Germany and England, research on rootstock performance for the Phylloxera board of South Australia and managing a vineyard in the Alpine Valleys.
‘On my travels I have been to some pretty spectacular wine regions, but the King Valley just about tops the lot; snow capped mountains, forests, crystal clear rivers …bloody beautiful!’
But hidden within this beauty is a plethora of viticultural challenges; drought, fires, frost and rain ‘our growers are dedicated and passionate and they need to be to consistently produce quality in an region with so many challenges’
Nick’s winemaking philosophy is simple ‘great wine is made in the vineyard’.