The passion Joanne has for greyhounds is not a secret and it’s so big that she decided to give part of her proceeds from wine sales to the Greyhound Adoption Program of South Australia, where she has adopted all of her dogs from. Joanne said that this is the reason why “there is a combination of
fine winemaking and history coming together with my Lévrier wine collection as a complete desirable work of art, using the ancient mosaics of the dogs on my labels. My wines are named in honour of these famous dogs: Sorter, Argos, Anubis and Peritas.”
When asked about her fine wine production, Joanne discussed the wines that represent her personality and the personal story the most…and the ones you need to try if you visit her and want to learn more about her!
“Barossa Merlot is a variety dear to my heart, having made so many world-class merlots with my father. I knew when I created my own brand I would have to feature a Merlot and my current vintage is rated 5 stars and top of a category with Winestate Magazine, so I am glad Merlot is getting the respect it deserves.”
But Barossa Merlot isn’t the only variety she cherishes from her own production: “If I could squeeze in another favourite, it has to be Zinfandel, as my first major award was International Red Wine Maker of the Year and Wine of Show at the 2006 International Wine Challenge in London, for my 2003 Zinfandel. Some people call me the Mistress of Zin and my current 2014 Peritas Zinfandel earned me Barossa Zinfandel Producer of the Year at the New York International Wine Competition.”
Vision and determination helped Joanne open the winery of her dreams and her example can be an inspiration for many passionate female wine-lovers, enthusiasts and winemakers to step out and fulfill their dreams. Still today, women in the winemaking industry are less numerous and praised
compared to male winemakers, but thanks to women like Joanne, things might change soon. We asked her about her personal experience in the wine industry, this is what she had to say: “With my small batch winemaking for my clients, I have now experienced many vintages with plenty of different grape varieties from various regions, giving me a huge understanding of how each variety needs to be treated and I believe that’s why I am in demand.”
“During these years, as I have seen new innovation and special circumstances arise, so I have been able to work with locals to create equipment such as tanks with chilling systems to my own design, purposely built for small-batch winemaking. I am very fortunate to have made many great friendships with grape growers, suppliers and so on in our local community and to be a part of this is very special for everyone involved as our region has become so famous.”