What do a vet, a teacher, a mi­cro­bi­ol­o­gist, a hor­ti­cul­tur­ist and a pro­fes­sional snow­boarder have in com­mon? They all switched ca­reers and now make some of Aus­tralia's most ex­cit­ing wines.

Halliday - - Contents - WORDS AMELIA BALL

We talk to five of Aus­tralia’s

most ex­cit­ing wine­mak­ers about their un­con­ven­tional

paths to the in­dus­try.

Wine­mak­ing is so of­ten in the DNA, with many greats born into the busi­ness. These are the peo­ple with early mem­o­ries of run­ning among the vines, their fam­ily names long show­cased on wine la­bels stretch­ing back decades. For oth­ers, a fu­ture in wine­mak­ing is never in doubt, with no dis­trac­tions ever en­coun­tered on their clear-cut path.

Some, how­ever, come to wine late, in many cases as a sec­ond ca­reer. For them, the al­lure of wine proves so strong they drop ev­ery­thing and change di­rec­tion. We spoke with five peo­ple who did just that

to hear about their ex­pe­ri­ences.

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