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.