MEET OUR TEAM
ALISDAIR PARK, WINEMAKER
Developing a passion for wine while working in the events industry in Sydney, Alisdair opted for a change in career and graduated with a Bachelor of Viticulture and Oenology from the University of Adelaide in 2013.
He has undertaken vintages in several regions in Australia, Spain and the United Kingdom.
Training as an assistant wine maker with Hardys, Alisdair worked in the Arras sparkling wine program for several years under Ed Carr, where he gained a passion for crafting quality sparkling wine. During this time he had the opportunity to undertake a vintage at the sparkling wine house Nyetimber in the UK which gave him further experience in cold climate wine production.
Since moving to Victoria in 2018 Alisdair has furthered his interest in producing wines from cool climate regions and joined Rahona Valley to focus on producing top quality cool climate wines.
ABOUT THE VINEYARD
Latitude: 38.4 S
Altitude: 150 metres
Harvest: mid-late April
OUR PHILOSOPHY: Seriously. Sustainable.
Rahona Valley is among one of the handful of boutique, small producers scattered throughout the Red Hill region. The vineyard is the most densely planted, in term of vines per acre, on the Peninsula. This helps control the vigour of vines as they have to compete for nutrients, resulting in high quality fruit. But producing the best wine requires care and attention to detail. Toby and Dianne purchased Rahona Valley in July 2014, and moved from an inner city suburb of Melbourne to the welcoming community of Red Hill. Their philosophy for Rahona Valley is to produce the highest quality wine through best practice vineyard management and sustainable farming principles including:
Together these practices ensure the sustainability of the vineyard and the natural environment that surrounds.
ABOUT OUR LOGO
Natural beauty surrounds Rahona Valley in all directions and it was this that gave inspiration to our new label design. The Wedge Tail eagles that soar high above the valley. The worlds largest raptors with a wing span of up 3.5 metres are mesmerising to watch from the vineyard. Not only glorious to watch they are a welcome birds of prey, keeping other bird pests well away from the vineyard.