Kevin O’Brien, CEO & Winemaker
Kevin discovered his passion for wine while sculling down the Torrens River with the University of
Adelaide Rowing Club.
Studying Science, Kevin enjoyed the social side of rowing as
much as he did the competition.
New and old world wines were regularly consumed and the
rowing club particularly enjoyed touring Australia’s wine regions.
This prompted Kevin to change his degree to Oenology and continue his exploration of the world’s wine regions beyond his years at university.
An appreciation for the varietal definition of wines Kevin encountered in his work and travels through France, Italy, Spain and Portugal, combined with the research intensive role he held
at the Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI), began to shape Kevin’s dream to make his own wine.
A love for wine and some close mutual friends drew Kevin and Helen together. Kevin’s dream became a shared journey on his birthday in March 1997, when they both decided to establish a home and winery on the flats of McLaren Vale.
They purchased the old Cambrai vineyard, which had the largest plantings of Zinfandel in Australia at the time, thus Kevin initially turned his attention to this variety. He also produced Chardonnay, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon which were planted on the property.
Over time, his attention turned to other varieties such as Sangiovese, Vermentino and Nebbiolo.
Life for Kevin is not just about vines, wines and leaf morphology. He participates in the annual South Australia Variety Bash raising funds for children and travelling across Australia with mates who share his love for the fun and adventure of The Variety Bash.