In true Torbreck tradition we welcomed our vintage casuals with a BBQ last Friday, albeit a little late as harvest started earlier than expected this year. The vintage casuals share a house (and a whole lot of fun) on our Renshaw vineyard property.
We are pleased to introduce the Team of 2013:
Julie Le Bechennec from Paris
I’m in Australia for 6 months and plan on travelling and learning everything about wines in English. In fact, when I return to France I would like to specialise in wine management. To speak English is very important. After Torbreck I hope to find other work so I can continue to travel. I have seen the East Coast of Australia ..which is amazing!
During my first days at Torbreck, my role was pumps over ... boring, but very important! I even dreamt about it at night. Crazy ! My favourite experience is working with the barrels .. I love it! I’ve learnt a lot here – it’s a great place to work.
Alvaro Castillo from La Rioja, Spain
I’ve been in Australia for 3 months and I’m very happy to be here, all the people are excellent. Also I’ve improved my English here and I have learnt a lot about the world of wine; making excellent wine here at Torbreck.
Dan Richardson, Jersey Channel Islands GB
After my time at Torbreck, I’m heading to Burgundy for vintage at Domaine De Montille in Volnay/Mersault in August. Summery in Jersey is always very relaxing – days and dinner on the beach, spending time with old friends in the evening. I’m trying to start my own wine importation/tasting business, so I’ll be working on that project whilst helping out as an assistant Sommelier at a local restaurant. My favourite Torbreck moment; the Alvaro waterfalls .. don’t ask!
Brooke Robertson, St Helena California USA
I am the assistant Viticulturist for Far Niente and Nickle & Nickle wineries in Napa Valley. Upon my return I will be preparing for our vintage season in the vineyards. My family also owns and operates SJR Vineyard in the Walla Walla Valley and grow Syrah, Viognier and Grenache which goes into our estate label, Delmas (which is my middle name). One day I will run our 10acre vineyard and make our wine (Syrah co-fermented with Viognier).
My favourite experience at Torbreck has been the opportunity to learn a new and different winemaking style and being able to meet and get to know the amazing people of “Team Torbreck”. Everyone is so nice and accommodating and it has been an unbelievable experience so far ... I can’t wait for the rest of the season!
Callum Powell, Barossa Valley
This is my first full vintage experience at Torbreck and so far it’s great! I’m 18 and just finished High School so I’ve decided to take a gap year and travel as much as I can. After vintage, I’m heading to the Rhone to experience a vintage with Chave family, then travelling through Europe. It’s been an experience sharing the “Vintage House” with everyone!
Ben Mullen, Barossa Valley
I’ve just finished University in Adelaide, studying a Bachelor of Viticulture and Oenology while working at Torbreck in Cellar Door and in the cellar over the last 5 years. I’ve previously experienced vintages at Leeuwin Estate (Margaret River) and Bimbadgen (Hunter Valley). Next I’m off to Europe for a Northern Hemisphere vintage in August.
Peter Hiscock, Barossa Valley
I’m currently a prisoner of Adelaide University with 12 months left to serve. I’m often found in and around Cellar Door, having worked at Torbreck for the last 8 years in the Cellar, Vineyard and Cellar Door.
Greg McGill, Oban Scotland
Sadly Greg missed out on our welcome BBQ because he was helping the sales team in NSW for Taste of Sydney. This is Greg's second vintage at Torbreck. In his absence of a photo opportunity, we discovered some unsual packaging for the mandatory Peroni cleansers at the end of the day!