Despite not growing up in a wine area, or even having parents that drank any wine, Rebecca Duffy knew she wanted to be a winemaker since the age of 14. Now she’s living her dream as the winemaker and owner (with her husband Tim) of Holm Oak Vineyards in Tasmania’s beautiful Tamar Valley.
When did you first enter the wine industry & why?
I entered the wine industry in 1999 after finishing a Bachelor of Agricultural Science, majoring in winemaking, at the University of Adelaide. Even though I did not grow up in a wine area (I grew up on King Island) and my parents didn’t drink wine, I knew from the time that I was about 14 that I wanted to be a winemaker. I enjoyed agriculture, biology and chemistry at school and thought that winemaking might be fun.
What does your current role involve?
I am responsible for all of the winemaking, marketing and sales at Holm Oak Vineyards. Holm Oak is a small (12Ha) property and my husband (who is a viticulturist) and I are in complete control of our product, from the vineyard through to bottling and the final sales, so I pretty much do a bit of everything.
From where/what regions do you source your grapes?
The majority of our grapes are sourced from our own vineyard in the Tamar Valley in Tasmania. We also source some muscat grapes from my husband’s parents vineyard in Northern Victoria to make Moscato and Muscat.
What’s the philosophy behind Holm Oak Vineyards?
Our philosophy is to make single vineyard wines with personality and character that reflect us and the place where we live. Rustic, down to earth, not super polished, but genuine and authentic.
From the range of wines you produce, what are your personal favourites?
Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
What’s your all-time favourite food & wine match?
Anything with Pinot Noir! Duck, lamb, fish, steak; I’m pretty easy as long as it’s Pinot!
If you had to describe yourself as a wine it would be….
Pinot Noir – difficult to deal with!! Actiually, I’m pretty layed back and casual so not sure what wine that would be.
Favourite way to while away a Sunday afternoon?
Generally I am working on a Sunday afternoon. Tasting barrels with my husband and seeing all of our hard work evolving is pretty fun in between serving people at cellar door.
Flats or heels?
Definitely flats. Blundstones preferably.
If there was one thing you wish you could tell the sisterhood of wine lovers out there, what would it be?
Don’t over think wine, it’s a beverage to be enjoyed!
You can meet Rebecca in person and try the wines from Holm Oak Vineyards 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.