ABOUT THE WINEMAKER

Caroline Mooney grew up in the Yarra Valley from the age of 3 months on a farm in Yering, Victoria. Life on the farm was, in her mind, the perfect way to grow up. Whether it was spending her weekends shifting cattle and sheep, working in the cattle yards or feeding out, it seemed that the wide expanse of the land was a perfect fit.

It was also the beginning of her love for the seasons of the Yarra Valley: mushrooming in autumn, the short winter days, the emergence of spring, cutting hay and the race to get it in the shed before a summer storm. Her wine interest was sparked by her father’s love of collecting wine and opening special bottles for birthdays, Christmas or a family gathering.

Her love of the land, along with a great family heritage and her fascination with the winemaking process is what drives Caroline to continue to create great drinking wines today.

Caroline has been an active member of the Yarra Valley wine industry sitting on both the Yarra Valley Wine Growers Association committee of management and marketing sub committee. She has also been invited to judge at both National and Local wines shows including the International Cool Climate Wine Show.

In 2014 she set up Yarra Valley Artisan Winemakers with friend and fellow winemaker Kate Goodman (Goodman Wines) and is joint director and Winemaker were they make wines for premium boutique producers including Zonzo Estate and Distasio.

WHERE IT ALL BEGAN

It was the year 2000, and Caroline travelled to South Australia to do her first vintage with Hardy’s Tintara in McLaren Vale. This would test her resolve, sharpen her sense of calling, and set her on a course of passionate, artisan winemaking. At 27, following this first vintage, she enrolled at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga to study Wine Science.

Inspired and up for the challenge, Caroline then returned to the Yarra Valley and took up a cellar hand position with the Yering Station winemaking team headed by Tom Carson, working her way up to Assistant Winemaker by 2004. She completed her Wine Science degree in 2006, the same year she travelled to Hermitage in France’s Rhône Valley to work at one of the most highly regarded and respected producers, J.L. Chave.

On her return to the Yarra Valley she returned to Yering Station, and worked her way up to winemaker, prior to her leaving in 2008 to pursue her own winemaking goals with Bird On A Wire Wines.