Winemakers

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Timo Mayer

Timo hails from a family of German vignerons near Stuttgart that have been making wine for some 400 years. He came to Australia in 1990 and completed oenology studies at Charles Sturt in Wagga. His first job was just up the road at De Bortoli, and he was under Steve Webber's influence for four years before becoming the winemaker at Gembrook Hill in 2000. He shares the same philosophy as vigneron Ian Marks - that the wine is made in the vineyard, so the approach is of minimal handling with little or no filtration. Timo likes to take his winemaking to the edge and "bring back the funk" and Ian and June give him free reign to do so. Timo also makes his own wine under the "Mayer" label.

Andrew Marks

At the age of nine, co-winemaker Andrew helped his dad, Ian, regularly in the vineyard at weekends. At 15 he travelled to France as an exchange student and spent half of that time at Chateau la Croix de Louis, Castillon la Bataille, Bordeaux. He graduated from Roseworthy in 1997 and worked with Penfolds and Seppelt for 6 years. He has been involved in 7 overseas vintages, most recently at Celler Espelt on the Costa Brava, Spain. Other vintages include Etienne Sauzet in Puligny Montrachet, the Languedoc in 2002 and Sonoma County, USA in 2000.As well as making Gembrook Hill wines with Timo, Andrew has developed his own label, The Wanderer, which aims to deliver individual wines of flavour, character and balance.