Oliver’s Taranga was started by Brioni’s great, great, great, great Grandfather. That’s some SERIOUS family history. So you could sort of say it’s in her blood. As Winery Manager of the family business, Brioni’s role is many and varied and her key concern is to ensure there’s a thriving wine business for many generations of Oliver’s to come. She works alongside her cousin and chief Winemaker, Corrina Wright, meaning that for the first time in Oliver’s Taranga 170 year history there’s two women at the helm.
Here’s Brioni’s fabulous story!
When did you first enter the wine industry & why?
It was about 8 years ago that I started working in the industry full time, but I grew up working in the family vineyards in school holidays. It was just a way of life pottering around doing things around the vineyard. I decided to come back full time after travelling in Europe and I realised how lucky I was to grow up in such a beautiful place surrounded by our family history.
What does your current role involve?
Officially, I’m the Winery Manager, but as we’re a small family business we all chip in and do anything that needs doing. It can range from cellar door, dispatch, working with distributors, trade and public events, in trade with sales reps, barrels work, grape sampling, pick-up driving during vintage, event management.. and the list goes on!
From where/what regions do you source your grapes?
Everything is estate grown in McLaren Vale.
What’s the philosophy behind Oliver’s Taranga wines?
Family values, authenticity, history, ultra-premium quality, innovation, creating something for future generations.
From the range of wines you produce, what are your personal favourites?
The Small Batch Grenache and the Fiano
What’s your all-time favourite food & wine match?
Grenache and Pizza!
If you had to describe yourself as a wine it would be….
Grenache – down to earth, practical and easy going.
Favourite way to while away a Sunday afternoon?
A good Crossfit Workout, a walk down on the beach and lazy long lunch! Perfect!
Flats or heels?
Flats! Or heels with flats in the bag! (hehe)
If there was one thing you wish you could tell the sisterhood of wine lovers out there, what would it be?
Try different wines, find things you like and share them with your friends!
You can meet Brioni in person and try the wines from Oliver’s Taranga at our Women, Wine & Shoes events in Melbourne on 18th April and Brisbane on 23rd April. For more information about these exciting events, and to purchase your tickets, CLICK HERE.