“While we’re not all based in the same area, the family business really keeps everyone connected, and it’s drawing the next generation even closer together as we begin to take part in the business and its future.”

The youngest child of De Bortoli Wines Managing Director Darren De Bortoli and Margot De Bortoli, Sophie is currently studying a Bachelor of Integrated Product Design at the University of Technology Sydney. Like her siblings and cousins, Sophie worked in the family business while growing up, first on the bottling line and the cellar door and now, when she’s home during university holidays, she also helps out in the marketing office in Bilbul, and in the lab during vintage.

Sophie likes to travel and took a couple of years off after she finished high school in order to see some of the world, working as a teacher’s assistant in England before returning home to study. The winery, she says, has been central to her life for as long as she can remember and “my fondest memories of my family are those of the winery in my childhood years”.

Did you know?

Sophie once wanted to be a paleontologist, when she was going through her "dinosaur phase”.