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Meet the Winemaker
Steve Webber
De Bortoli Wines, Australia

The straight-talking and charismatic Steve Webber is head-winemaker at De Bortoli. Steve is married to Leanne De Bortoli, grand-daughter of Vittorio and Giuseppina, and together they moved to the family owned estate in Yarra Valley to make their home, but more importantly to make wine. This cool climate region benefits from well-structured soils providing an ideal platform for viticulture.

For the last thirty years they have been learning about their ‘dirt’, as they refer to it, understanding its qualities and the micro-climate that goes with it. Steve has an ardent passion for wine and he's prepared to experiment. His experimentation has seen Yarra Valley become central to the De Bortoli ethos and seen Steve awarded the ‘Winemaker of the Year’ by Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine not to mentioned securing his status as one of Australia's most influential winemakers.

Steve has an enviable ability to craft the finest Pinot Noirs, and he is largely responsible for De Bortoli’s fine wine range which includes traditional method sparkling wines to their Noble One Botrytised Semillon, which has become one of Australia’s icon wines and one of the best known and best quality dessert wines globally. 

Furthermore in October 2015 Jancis Robinson accredited Steve with being "one of the pioneers of Australian Chardonnay." High praise indeed!

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