I grew up in Healesville, and did a little bit of summer work in vineyards, starting in '91. In '99 I started working in wineries full time. I only occasionally look back and wonder 'what was I thinking?'

My first few years in wine were spent at Yarra Ridge and Punt Road, grunt work mostly.

From 2002-11 I was fortunate to serve in the role of winemaker at the revered Mount Mary Vineyard. Despite 10 vintages there, it went by in a flash. The first few years were nerve-wracking, in my opinion I was too green for the role, I wasn't going to knock it back though.

I have since spent 3 years at Kellybrook Winery, simultaneously starting my own label, before taking the leap into fulltime self-employment in 2014.

I occasionally do some work taking photos for people. Some of the work can be seen here: www.redleafphotograpy.com.au

 Trying not to look stupid...

Trying not to look stupid...