Fine batch

Tra­di­tion strong in new wine ven­ture

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Front Page - Therese Col­man

A love of travel and pas­sion for wine was the perfect recipe for Mij Patterson and Liv Maio­rana’s new­est busi­ness ven­ture.

South By South West is the Margaret River cou­ple’s small-batch ar­ti­san wine­mak­ing busi­ness, which launched ear­lier this year to make its mark in the South West’s wine re­gion. Ms Patterson and Ms Maio­rana buy fruit from lo­cal vine­yards and use tra­di­tional and con­tem­po­rary meth­ods to make their wine.

With their 2017 vin­tage bot­tled last week, the women said their prod­uct was in­spired by work­ing on vin­tages around the world.

“Not hav­ing a vine­yard al­lows us to go hunt­ing and gath­er­ing,” Ms Patterson said. “It forces us to go on road trips, meet new peo­ple, and see what is out in th­ese beau­ti­ful re­gions.

“We are a small batch, but it means we can al­ways seem to find what we want, of­ten com­ing from just one tonne of fruit from a cho­sen vine­yard.”

The women run other busi­nesses — Ms Patterson is a graphic de­signer while Ms Maio­rana works as an en­gi­neer­ing con­sul­tant.

Their jobs com­ple­ment their new en­deav­our, with Ms Maio­rana say­ing re­spect for the land was the main ob­jec­tive.

“We want to ex­cite and in­spire peo­ple to en­joy and re­spect the ter­roir of the South West,” she said. “It’s im­por­tant to us that we can ex­plain the ori­gins of our wine and why we have cre­ated that style.”

South By South West will ap­pear at this year’s Gourmet Es­cape, show­cas­ing their 2017 vin­tage at the Gourmet Vil­lage.

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Pic­ture: Therese Col­man

Liv Maio­rana and Mij Patterson are the wine­mak­ers be­hind South By South West.

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