After graduating from Roseworthy College in 1990, I worked a vintage in a small family-owned Champagne house. One night, the owner of the Champagne house opened a magnum of his ’64 Blanc de Blancs. We sat there chatting and drinking, he didn’t speak a word of English, nor did I speak any French, yet somehow we were deeply engaged in conversation until around three in the morning. I love the way a bottle of wine and some good food can bring people together, transcending language and cultural differences.
Throughout my career, I’ve worked in large and small companies around the world. The passion for food and wine never changed, however, eventually corporate politics became even stronger and it was time to do my own thing.
Wanting to get back to the basics of crafting high quality, interesting wines, I founded Artis Wines in 2016. “Artis” is Latin for craft and art. My label is a collage of images representing the countries where I have worked. My travels have not only influenced my winemaking, but also the way I drink wine and the foods that I enjoy with wine.