The idea to produce wine under my own label was gaining impetus and substance as I began looking for factory warehouse premises in the inner suburban Preston area. The primary focus being to produce wines from selected vineyards around Victoria. The production base would be suburban, or, as I liked to think ‘cosmopolitan’. This was shortened to ‘Cosmo’ for ease of recognition.
To produce wines that ultimately have drinkability while showing their regional qualities, thus leading to sourcing of grapes from as far afield as Heathcote in Central Victoria, as well as Woori Yallock and Healesville within the Yarra Valley.
The logo was a design created while in High School. This was the ideal opportunity to utilise it, bringing various aspects of my life together.
Early forays (while still at High School, early'70's) into fruit winemaking kindled my interest in winemaking, but it was not until 1985 that I encountered my first vineyard and developed my passion for grapes and grape wine. This led to study at Charles Sturt University gaining qualifications in Viticulture and Wine Science. Employment in various roles including cellar door sales, laboratory, and vineyard management, gave me an understanding of the complete ‘paddock to palate’ requirements of wine production.
From 2001-2009 my main focus been developing undergraduate and postgraduate courses and teaching the art and science of the vine and wine at La Trobe University. Managing the small campus vineyard, and making and supervising student project wines, allowed me to keep in touch with the seasons and winemaking trends.
The opportunity to lease the winery at Bianchet in the Yarra Valley presented itself just prior to Christmas 2008. Some quick decisions were made and a busy couple of months ensued, winding down my work at La Trobe and gearing up for vintage. The Estate vineyard was planted from the mid-70's with Chardonnay, Verduzzo, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Shiraz, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Taking over the vineyard in 2014 gave control of the grapes for the Estate range and exciting wines ahead as the dry grown vineyard is brought into shape.