An exciting new chapter in the De Bortoli Wines story is now underway as the fourth generation of the family begins to come of age. Just like their parents and grandparents before them, this new generation grew up around the family wineries and bring with them a unique, fresh perspective combined with loads of enthusiasm and energy.
“Now the first five of us have reached adulthood, our parents are eagerly waiting to see what each of us will bring back to the company from our own experiences,” says Kate Webber, daughter of Leanne De Bortoli and Steve Webber and the eldest of the “Fourth Genners”. “And,” her younger sister Sally adds, “With eight more fourth genners still to come, the possibilities are endless.”
Kate spent two years working in the winemaker's’ laboratory at the family’s Yarra Valley Estate after completing a Bachelor of Science degree at Monash University. Proving that a passion for wine is part of her DNA, Kate now enjoys working for online wine retailer Vinomofo. Kate’s younger sister Sally worked in the family’s Yarra Valley Estate restaurant Locale while completing her Bachelor of Commerce and Economics at Monash University and has since been recruited as a communications graduate at John Holland.
Anna De Bortoli, daughter of Managing Director Darren De Bortoli and his wife Margot, is currently both studying a Bachelor of Business at RMIT University and working within the company as a Marketing Assistant. Her older brother Ben has been keeping it in the family also since completing a Bachelor of Commerce degree at the University of NSW, working as a cellar hand at the family’s Yarra Valley Estate. Younger sister Sophie is currently studying a Bachelor of Integrated Product Design at the University of Technology Sydney and spends her uni holidays working as a cellar hand or in the marketing office in Bilbul.
For kids who, as Anna says, grew up experiencing “impromptu board meetings around my nonna’s kitchen table over bowls of risotto”, it’s little wonder that the business is in their blood. Watch this space.