Jon, an American from North Carolina, went to New Zealand in 2005 after graduating university on a search to “find himself”. After working in Gisborne and Hawke’s Bay in horticulture and viticulture he realized he loved almost everything involved with the vineyards. In 2007 Jon, while based in Marlborough, obtained residency and began his viticulture studies while working at Clos Henri Vineyards and Winery. In 2008 Jon met Brie, from Melbourne Australia, through a mutual friend who was working vintage in the region. Brie had gained her winemaking degree from Adelaide University in 2002 and after doing vintages throughout the world settled in Marlborough and was at the time the white winemaker at Saint Clair Winery. They developed a great friendship and in 2009 became a couple and started on their path together.
After creating their own wine which they sold in 5 states on the US eastern seaboard, they had their first child in Marlborough. They then moved to Australia to be closer to Brie’s family and focused on building their young family. Having worked and lived in McLaren Vale, Brie had always wanted to return there and put down roots and it didn’t take too much to convince Jon after showing him the area. After having 2 kids they were able to move over to McLaren Vale in 2016 and begin the process of finding a family home and settling down. Now, 2 years later they have had developed great relationships with some of the many wonderful wine people throughout the region and South Australia.
After 13 years in the wine industry and doing everything from establishing a vineyard to creating his own label and selling it overseas to working in cellar doors, Jon decided it was time to go out on his own and do what he loves most. Sharing the knowledge he has gathered with people who are interested in learning more about wine and learning from them along the way.
The McLaren Vale region has an abundance of soil types, wine varieties and producers all within 20 minutes of each other and is unlike any other wine region in the world. Jon and Brie’s combined 29 years of wine experience is a great resource to help share McLaren Vale with people from throughout the world.