news lifestyle , 16th Aug 2017

You Did a Grape Job Raisin’ Me Dad

Posted by Kitty

You Did a Grape Job Raisin’ Me Dad

Father’s Day is right around the corner so it’s time to give thanks to all the fatherly figures in your life. Thank you for all the terrible dad jokes, wise and not-so-wise words, unconditional love and the times you forgot to pick us up from soccer practise (not forgotten). 

To celebrate Father’s Day, we’re taking a reprieve from wine talk to celebrate all the fatherly figures at Handpicked Wines - to highlight that they are not only great at raising kids but also raisin’ grapes.

Warning: There’s going to be a lot of dad jokes (they couldn’t help it).

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Meet Peter

We have twins - Oscar and Indigo. This means twice the nappies, but also twice the fun. My daughter has a particularly keen sense of smell, and with two winemaker parents, perhaps there’s a clear career path set out for her? We’re having another baby next week (don’t worry - only one) - so stay tuned for more updates. 

Role at Handpicked

Director of Winemaking

What does your role at Handpicked involve?

(Drinking wine all day and looking at sunsets apparently?)

My role is to ensure the wines that end in the bottle are always the best they can be. This process actually starts in thinking about how we can best look after the vines in our vineyards, and the soil they grow in, but extends right through to the final blending, bottling and storage of the wine prior to release.

What do you love most about working in the wine industry?

The camaraderie within the industry, not just in Australia, but around the world.

Favourite wine of the moment and why? 

2016 Wombat Creek Chardonnay. A wine full of flavour, from a new vineyard that has been sold to us this year by the original owners who bought green fields in the Upper Yarra and planted the vines 30 years ago. Now we are the custodian of this incredibly beautiful property, making very pure expressive wines. Both humbling and incredibly exciting- now it is our turn to consider the differences we can make over the coming 30 years.

Favourite dad joke

What? I thought all my jokes were funny?


Meet Jeffrey

Being Godfather is a good deal – you get to have all the fun and leave the heavy lifting to the parents. I have been blessed with 2 beautiful god sons who are amazing small people. I cannot wait for when they become amazing big people so that we can hang out as mates!

Role at Handpicked

General Manager

What does your role at Handpicked involve?

Aligning the team to deliver against our goals so as to fulfil our vision to make fine wines available for wine lovers everywhere

What do you love most about working in the wine industry? 

Working with a bunch of amazing people in my team – I am constantly in awe of the talent and commitment of my colleagues across all functions. Of course, access to great Handpicked wines does not hurt!

Favourite wine of the moment and why?

I have 2! I just tried the new HP Wombat Creek Single Vineyard Chardonnay and I think it is absolutely sublime. Will be looking to get my hands on a couple of bottles when we launch this wine. And the Regional Selections Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir is a great wine for the price! Even James Halliday thought so with the great rating awarded. At this price, this wine is flying out of the door so get in quick!  

Favourite dad joke 

Uncle Jeff, can you put my shoes on? No, I don't think they'll fit me.


Meet Tom 

My daughter, Aurelia, turned 7 months on the weekend and she is really starting to show her personality. I love that every time we play together she learns something new…she now waves at everyone we meet :) Her favourite place is the beach so I think she is going to become a surfer when she grows up.

Role at Handpicked

National Sales Manager

What does your role at Handpicked involve?

(Mostly just schmoozing and drinking.) I ensure that the great wines made by our winemaking team are available in the Australian market. It involves hunting down leads and supporting our fantastic sales team to get our wines into the hands of the people who will enjoy them!

What do you love most about working in the wine industry?

The people I get to meet who are mostly interesting and love to have a chat. There is something special about shedding a tear with someone over the beautiful tannin structure of a wine.

Favourite wine of the moment and why? 

Highbow Hill Pinot Noir 2015 – I am always amazed how a wine can be so delicate whilst being so powerful.

Favourite dad joke

Every time I open a bottle of wine I tell my daughter that I’m making a pour decision…


Our top picks for this Father's Day

Say thanks and find the perfect gift this Father's Day. 


You Rock My Socks Gift Pack - $75

Buy here.


Premium Wine and Cheese Gift Voucher - $80

Buy here.


Impress Your Father In Law Gift Pack - $120

Buy here.


Shop the full Father's Day Gift Edit here.

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