ANDREW PATTERSON / Vineyard Manager

My world is very much about the great outdoors. I know Victoria like the back of my hand, having worked in farming and agriculture in some beautiful country around the state; from the Yarra Valley to Macedon to the West Coast and now Heathcote.

I work closely with our Tellurian Viticulturist Tim Brown and am the caretaker of 23 hectares of vineyards here at Toolleen.

We have ten different varieties of grapes and each runs its own race; growing and ripening according to their own cycles. Implementing the transition to organics has been an exciting move, as has the planting and management of our close planted shiraz site up on the ridge.

When I’m not amongst the vines I’m catching waves or competing in bike races on road and mountain circuits.