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Tuesday 25 June 2024

New guard with good genes on deck at De Bortoli Yarra Valley

There is a new generation of winemakers coming though at De Bortoli Yarra Valley, learning their trade from maestro Steve Webber.
Do Bortoli has lost both long-time winemaker Sarah Fagan (now at TarraWarra) and Jono Thompson, who is leaving to head to Argentina.

Kate Webber. daughter of Webber and Leanne de Bortoli, has joined the senior team along with young winemaker Jai Harrop; who is the son of Matt Harrop (Curly Flat/Silentway and formerly Shadowfax) and Tamara Grischy (general manager at fine wine auction house Langtons).
"Our daughter Kate and Jai, under the watchful gaze of Steve, will look after the Yarra winemaking," Leanne de Bortoli says.

"Kate graduated in Science (immunology) and has worked in all aspects of wine and done vintages in California, France and with Mac Forbes here in the Yarra.

"We joke that Jai has never tried a bad bottle of wine in his life. He graduated in Oenology last year and has done vintages at Brokenwood, Shaw + Smith, Shadowfax and in Central Otago.

"We are super-excited about their passion for wine, the new ideas they bring and their eye for detail. It is great to see the next generation of winemakers coming through."

Change is also afoot at De Bortoli home base in the Riverina, where the long-time maker of the iconic Noble One, Julie Mortlock, is about to retire.

The mantle of Noble One creator will be passed to another senior winemakers John Coughlan, who has been involved with Noble One in the past.

Image: Father and daughter team Steve and Kate Webber

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