ABOUT THE WINEMAKER

Winemaker, Caroline Mooney, grew up in the Yarra Valley from the age of 3mths on a farm in Yering (now the Yarra Valley Dairy Handmade Farmhouse Cheese) still owned and run by her family. Spending the weekends shifting cattle and sheep, working in the cattle yards, feeding out and general farm life was, in her mind, the perfect way to grow up.

It was also the beginning of her love for the seasons of the Yarra Valley:
mushrooming in Autumn, short Winter days, the emergence of Spring and 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.

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

In 2000 she travelled to South Australia to do her first vintage with Hardy’s Tintara in McLaren Vale to test her resolve. At 27, following this first vintage, she enrolled at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga to study Wine Science.

In July 2000 Caroline 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 worked her way up to winemaker prior to her leaving in 2008 to pursue her own winemaking goals with Bird On A Wire Wines.