My winemaking career began from a very early age. My father, James Irvine is known as the “Master Merlot Maker” and from the age of seven I followed him around the winery, undertaking the ritual tasting of ferments and wine blending. After leaving school, instead of following the natural path into winemaking, I studied to become a nurse. My career as an operating theatre nurse spanned almost two decades, until I had what I refer to as a “mid-life crisis” and decided to follow my passion to become a winemaker.

Whilst studying winemaking at university I was fortunate enough to work six vintages both in the Barossa Valley and California, USA.

In 2003 I started my own wine consulting business and in 2010 with my partner Peter and two young boys, established “Wine Wise”, a 500 tonne purpose built, small batch processing facility in the Barossa Valley. “Great wines are created by synergy and attention to detail both in the vineyard and in the winery” and I am passionate about the quality of the wines that I produce for my clients. By providing specialized small batch winemaking facilities to many smaller producers I am able to create unique wines from their vineyards