Drew Tuckwell – The Winemaker
Drew began the path to winemaking in 1993, working as a cellar rat (vintage cellar worker) at the famous Brokenwood estate in the Hunter Valley. He had so much fun he backed up for the 1994 vintage.
Completely hooked on winemaking by this stage, he gave up his career as a graphic designer. Drew took to the life of a "vintage gypsy" and embarked on the right of passage of all Australian winemakers by travelling to Europe for work.
After the 1995 vintage in Chianti Classico in Tuscany, he returned for a vintage at Brown Brothers down in north-eastern Victoria. In 1996 he headed back to Tuscany for another vintage before getting very serious about his career aspirations and deciding to go to the University of Adelaide for his formal Oenology qualifications.
After four years in Adelaide and vintage work with Wirra Wirra Vineyard in McLaren Vale, he settled in Mudgee NSW to fulfil an ambition to play with the emerging Italian varieties in the region where they were first planted in Australia. After seven very successful years in Mudgee with the likes of Sangiovese, Barbera and Pinot Grigio, as well as the more traditional varieties such as Chardonnay, Shiraz and Cabernet, Drew has moved to Printhie and is excited to have joined such an enthusiastic and quality driven family-owned wine producer.
Drew is also a contributing writer for the respected consumer magazine Gourmet Traveller WINE, is a wine show judge and was awarded the 1999 Negociants Australia Working With Wine Fellowship. He has travelled extensively throughout Europe, California and Australia visiting important wine producers.
His favourite hobby is wine, he regrets not being able to earn millions as a professional sportsman and his two children have made the term "spare time" redundant.