Alpine Observer - - News - Julie Holm

What do you do?

My hus­band and I make the wine and man­age sales at Ringer Reef win­ery. Mark’s par­ents An­nie and Bruce started the win­ery and were get­ting to the point where they needed some help. Mark and I both have wine mak­ing and hos­pi­tal­ity back­grounds and have now been here since De­cem­ber 2016.

Where did you move from and what were you do­ing be­fore?

We moved here from Mil­dura. Mil­dura is home and is where both of us have spent most of our lives. We moved around a fair bit when I was grow­ing up but mum and dad re­turned to Mil­dura to set up their vine­yard while I fin­ished school in Bris­bane. The last place I worked was Mil­dura Arts Cen­tre but be­fore that I worked at Tren­tham Es­tate win­ery in Mil­dura, McWil­liam’s Wines in Grif­fith and McGuigan Wines in Mil­dura.

Is the wine in­dus­try some­thing you went straight into after school?

I was a bit torn on what I wanted to do when I was in high school. I wanted to study mu­sic and I ap­plied to do that but I thought there might have been a bit more sta­ble job prospects in the agri­cul­tural sec­tor so that’s the path I took. I stud­ied wine mak­ing at Ade­laide Univer­sity.

Mil­dura’s a pretty hot and dry place have you adapted to the weather here?

Win­ter is a bit cold for me but the weather the rest of the time is great es­pe­cially sum­mer which is quite lovely. We never re­ally in­tended on mov­ing here but now that we have we re­ally like the life­style. There’s so much to do, the kids are happy, and the peo­ple are fan­tas­tic.

What’s your favourite wine?

I’ve got a few favourites de­pend­ing on the weather. Mark and I are very pas­sion­ate about our chardon­nay and of­ten get into big dis­cus­sions about how were go­ing to make our chardon­nay. I also love sparkling in sum­mer and mer­lot when its colder.

What do you do in your spare time?

Our spare time is spent with our three kids, bike rid­ing, go­ing for walks or in sum­mer swim­ming in and tub­ing down the river. This year we’ve done a bit of cross coun­try ski­ing which we’re lov­ing. Liv­ing at the foot of Mt Buf­falo we’re so lucky to have a place like that in our back­yard so it’s pretty easy for us to go up for a morn­ing. I also love cook­ing in my spare time.

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