Growers

Richard Smart  : ‘The flying vine-doctor’

Richard Smart : ‘The flying vine-doctor’

I first heard of Dr Richard Smart one day in New Zealand’s Awatere Valley, in the mid 1990’s. He was then the New Zealand Government viticultural scientist and had been for many years, since 1981. Wikipedia refers to him as a leading global consultant on viticulture methods, who is often…
Dave Gartelmann : Master Viniculturer

Dave Gartelmann : Master Viniculturer

In his piece on the recent sale of Mclaren Vale vineyard ’Connor’s Farm’ entitled ‘Best geologies getting record prices’, Philip White referred to the vineyard being tended by master viniculturer, David Gartelmann. A week or so later at a Hickinbotham Wines tasting at Edinburgh Cellars, winemaker Chris Carpenter commented on the…
Don Oliver : Viticulturist

Don Oliver : Viticulturist

I am often reminded of the phrase ‘good wine starts in the vineyard’. One of the things I learnt when working on the Grange Book was that inclusion in the Grange growers ‘club’ is a highly sought after accolade, even by growers with their own wineries. During the 2012 vintage…