In Episode 2 of the 8 part series, Presenter Colin West departs from northern Victoria after visiting the Strathbogie ranges with Matt Fowles to hit up the state’s capitol city of Melbourne.
By Colin West
Just a short morning’s drive from the city is Phillip Island and Yarra Valley.
Phillip Island hosts an array of water-based activities from surfing, kayaking and even hosting the nation’s largest fur seal colony. Yarra Yering’s senior winemaker Paul Bridgeman comes to meet Colin and revisit his childhood surfing grounds around the island while also getting up to some kayaking and checking out seals before he takes Colin back to show him all about Yarra Yering and exactly how he makes their top wines through small batch fermentations.
WINERAM Productions is a relatively young company with an equally young and energetic entrepreneur behind the name, that guy is Colin West. He first got into the wine industry at the young age of 18, yet being from the USA it was illegal for him to pursue his passion, so he flew to Italy. After deciding the wine industry would be the one and only career path for himself, he enrolled in a wine course in Tuscany where he studied underneath Diletta Frescobaldi of the Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi wine family. Since this experience with the Frescobaldi family in Italy, he knew he had found his calling with an area that he could use his business experience in, yet that also included an industry full of passion, history, and even art and science.