Rodney Birchmore joined Grant Burge Wines in September 2015, after spending more than 25 years with Accolade Wines as Vineyard Manager for its various wineries and regional vineyards, including Tintara and the Padthaway region. Rodney’s philosophy is that viticulture is 90% observation and 10% theory.
WHAT IS RODNEY'S FAVOURITE GRANT BURGE WINE?
WHAT IS RODNEY'S FAVOURITE GRAPE VARIETY?
Definitely Shiraz, followed very closely by Grenache and Mataro.
Born in Gawler, on the edge of the Barossa Valley, Craig grew up with the wine industry around him. He started as a cellar hand with B Seppelt & Son in 1983, firstly at Chateau Tanunda and then later at Seppeltsfield. He lives on a property in Williamstown, and tends a small vineyard.
Craig joined Grant Burge Wines in 1993 as Cellar Manager and was soon promoted to Assistant Winemaker in 1994, Winemaker in 1995 and Senior Winemaker in 1997, with his meteoric rise within the company being due to his enormous talents, leadership, inquisitive mind, and his unrelenting passion for winemaking.
WHAT IS CRAIG'S FAVOURITE GRANT BURGE WINE?
He tends to have a favourite wine of the vintage. The wines produced from the 2016 vintage are on high rotation.
WHAT IS CRAIG'S FAVOURITE GRAPE VARIETY?
Probably Grenache at the moment – for its versatility.