Rob Sutherland

Viticultural Manager

Rob Sutherland is our Viticulturist and Vineyard manager in the Yarra Valley, responsible for growing the 16 different varieties we currently have spread over our 240 hectares of vineyard at Dixons Creek and Tarrawarra.


Rob has over 20 years experience in horticulture and viticulture after growing up on his parents’ farm at Strathbogie in North Eastern Victoria. After high school, he first finished a business degree before later going on to study at Charles Sturt University completing a Viticulture degree with honours in 2008.


Despite the challenges every season brings, he remains an optimist about one day having the perfect growing season and vintage. Rob says “We work particularly hard to manage our vineyard systems in such a way that they can self regulate or mitigate any environmental conditions that arise”. The work Rob and his team has been putting into biological farming, and in particular composting, has led to continual improvements regarding the soil properties and vine balance that has allowed vineyard blocks to become more expressive in the wine they produce.


Looking ahead Rob sees opportunities with the higher quality clones of traditional varieties now available and the potential of alternative varieties becoming more mainstream in the future. He says “We are always looking to improve and not become complacent with our approach to viticulture”.