Thomas Fosbery Handyside was born at the foothills of the Victorian Grampians and raised on a sheep grazing property. His ancestor John Seeck was a renowned wine consultant who worked with Richard Hamilton Wines in South Australia.
Thomas tasted wine in St Emillion on tour in his early twenties and fell in love with wine. Then ventured to the Napa Valley tasting Opus one which confirmed his direction. Arriving on home shores began the life long journey of wanting to produce great wine. Working at Best’s, Yering Station, Cullen, and Place of Changing winds in Australia and Fatatoria Casabianca in Tuscany among many other fine producers his knowledge and experience over the twenty-five years in invaluable.
Charmaine was born in Western Australia and worked at Cullen in the school holidays as a teenager. At 19, she moved to Melbourne to pursue an exciting job opportunity while continuing her Law degree with UWA remotely. Shen then decided law wasn’t her passion and launched into a management consultant path.
Charmaine has studied entomology and brings expertise in insect management strategies to reduce reliance on transition pest controls. She has educated her palate through a strong interest in wine travelling overseas with work and owning a wine bar The Tipsy Rabbit.