In 1924, an Italian immigrant, De Bortoli fled war-ravaged Europe in pursuit of a better life and made Australia his second home. After two years, he was united with his fiance, Giuseppina and in 1928, De Bortoli Wines was born. With their sheer dedication and commitment to produce delicious wines the family has established a name in the wine market.
Since its establishment, the brand has come really far and currently, the members of the third generation—Deen and Emeri De Bortoli have taken over the reins of the company. Other members of the family also have designated certain roles & responsibilities to perform. Darren De Bortoli is the Managing Director and also keeps an eye on winemaking along with Winemaker Steve Webber. Steve is married to Leanne De Bortoli. Together, they manage the Yarra Valley Estate winery. This reputed family source grapes from five vineyards—Yarra Valley, Heathcote, Riverina, King Valley and Hunter Valley. They also own two wineries, one in Yarra Valley and another in the Riverina region known as Bilbul winery.
What’s the secret behind the success of the brand? It lies in their philosophy that states, the journey of a great wine starts in the vineyard with the grapes, reflecting its terroir characteristics. In the winery, the idea is to allow the wine to ‘make itself’.
The family is keen on passing the legacy to their future generations and keeping this in mind, they are adopting sustainable practices by preserving the health of soils and managing water resources. A wide range of innovative programs have been implemented which involves water management and waste management practices. Their goal is to become a ‘Zero Waste Wine Company’. With sustainable practices in mind, the vineyards are taken care of by Viticulturists.
Meet Kevin De Bortoli, he started working in the family business at the tender age of 10 and his passion grew with time and led him to get a Diploma of Viticulture from Charles Sturt University after completing his high school. He looks after more than 20 grape varieties at De Bortoli Wines and manages 300 hectares of vines. His focus is to improve the productivity and quality of vineyards through sustainable methods.
Rob Sutherland oversees the vineyard in Yarra Valley. Interestingly, he was managing it before the family bought it in 2005 and asked him to retain his position as a Manager. After getting his degree in Viticulture in 2007 from the same university where Kevin got his degree, he was promoted to take care of the 240-hectare estate. Keen on enhancing the soil quality, biological methods are used in the vineyard by nurturing the soil through living organisms. It would reduce the need to use chemicals for the same.
Andrew Ray joined in 2006 and has been working ever since. His favourite time is in the vineyard, picking grapes in the early morning when the sun is rising and the fruits glisten from the dew. Brian has been handling the Heathcote property long before the family purchased it. He loves to spend time with his family and is very careful during the harvest period, believing a lot can happen to the fruit on its way to the truck.
The family has a deep-rooted tradition of welcoming people for wining and dining that can be experienced at their cellar doors. You can taste some of the best food, made with local produce and buy wine at these places. After all, its best, enjoying food and wine with your family and friends. Quality and delicious wines along with hospitality are at the forefront of their Bilbul cellar door. Enjoy the scenic beauty at this award-winning cellar door.
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