The journey commenced in 1980 when Simon, fresh out of Year 12 at school in Adelaide accepted a vintage role with family-owned Yalumba Winery in the Barossa. What started as a 3 month casual position progressed to a career with Yalumba and into the role of Red Winemaker at age 26 and then Chief Winemaker at 33.
During his 20 at Yalumba he was instrumental in establishing the fine reputation that Yalumba enjoy for their premium red wine brands being The Reserve, The Octavius, The Signature and The Menzies and he also oversaw the commencement of “Voss Vineyards” in Napa Valley, California in the early 90’s.
In 1996 he bought the original Lehmann family vineyard in Angaston (originally planted in 1932 by the late Peter Lehmann’s father Pastor Franz Julius Lehmann) and then in 2006 the Mt McKenzie “Jellicoe” vineyard was purchased.
Today our fruit is sourced from not only these two vineyards but we also have a range of growers typifying what is so wonderful about Barossa vignerons.