Winemaker, Newton Vineyard
Born into a family with a strong appreciation of wine, Robert is the grandson of Jack Mann MBE, a legendary innovator and character in the Australian wine industry.
Robert gained wine industry experience as a young man working in the vineyards and as a cellar hand in the Swan Valley, Barossa Valley and Margaret River.
Country born: Australia
Education: Bachelor of Agricultural Science, majoring in oenology at the University of Adelaide
Years in the wine industry: 10-15 years
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During his tenure at Cape Mentelle he became widely recognized for his winemaking excellence especially with Cabernet Sauvignon and was twice awarded Producer of the Year as well as Winemaker of the Year by the prestigious West Australian Wine Guide.
Rob shares his grandfather's love of cricket, passion for wild mushroom foraging, and belief that "cabernet sauvignon is the only variety that would be tolerated in heaven".