Hi, I'm James :)

I have worked in the wine industry for over fifteen years, both in Australia and California. Our little band started when I purchased a few tonnes of grapes from Dad in 2016. The name references banter between my sister and I as to who is the golden child of the family.

We use largely organic practices in the vineyard (although we’re not certified.. yet) and we us pretty lo-fi winemaking in the winery. To me, this means usually hand picking fruit, being gentle and precise in the winery, then getting the wine into bottle without filtration or too much other manipulation. I aim to make fresh, bright, interesting wines that are easy to drink but also sometimes make you think.

We do purchase fruit from some other small growers, those who share our values with farming grapes. This includes Brackenwood in Kuitpo (Adelaide Hills) and Nick and Helen Vrees and the Jericho family in Blewitt Springs (McLaren Vale).

Outside of wine, I like surfing, skateboarding and music (and Port Adelaide Football Club). I especially love punk, hardcore and metal music (i.e anything heavy or fast) and my all-time two favourite bands are Killswitch Engage and Sublime.