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Venue Insight pick the brains of wine wizard Jo Nash, one of Australia’s most highly regarded young winemakers.

Graduating from the multi- campus Charles Sturt University, Jo worked under Andrew McPherson’s tutelage, and in 2011 was appointed Chief Winemaker at The McPherson Wine Co in the emerging wine region of Victoria. They have been producing high quality wine since 1968 with the McPherson family still very much integral to its day-to- day running.

Jo’s passion and natural feel for winemaking is evident in every aspect of her life. It’s a real family affair for her as she’s also married to a winemaker. They make small batch wine at home and their passion for all things winemaking has been instilled in their 4 kids who help pick and prepare the grapes.

Let’s get the obvious question out of the way; why wine?... How did you get the bug?...

A great question! I guess it was from a curiosity of how one product can be so varied to make it loved by so many people with such different tastes.

Really it’s all about wondering how the same grape variety can create such different wines. For example, if you drink a Shiraz from France, it’s completely different to a Shiraz from Australia. The same with different regions, different climates and different growing techniques.

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The winemaking team has so much control over the whole process, you can easily see the passion and skill involved. There is a definite science behind winemaking, but its more than just chemistry – winemaking is science and art together.

What is the one aspect of your job that might surprise people?...

Winemaking is not about drinking wine all day.

You’ll be surprised how many people think we spend our days tasting wines and having long lunches. Don’t get me wrong, we do taste our wines to make sure the taste and quality is right, but years of hard work need to be done before we can get to this point.

Anyone thinking of becoming a winemaker will find it an incredibly rewarding career – there’s few other products which make people smile so much as wine. But they need to be prepared to work hard and not give up, and always listen to feedback both good and bad. McPherson Wine Co products are available to the

UK trade exclusively through Lanchester Wines


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