meet the pinelli winemaking team
With the basis of fully-flavoured grapes, sons Robert and Daniel Pinelli are able to transform the juice into the finest of premium wines by utilising new-world winemaking techniques in combination with traditional practices built up over centuries and learnt by Domenic growing up in Italy.
The combination of Robert and Daniel in the winery, and Domenic in the vineyard, produces a unique blend of enthusiasm and experience which is reflected in their wines’ recent successes at wine shows and wine reviews.
WINEMAKER & vineyard manager
Robert graduated in winemaking from Roseworthy Agricultural College, South Australia (now University of Adelaide), in 1987 and has been a winemaker at Pinelli Estate Wines for over 20 years.
Robert has produced many award-winning wines and in 1993 he won a coveted trophy at the Perth Royal Show for his 1993 Chenin Blanc.
After graduating in Civil Engineering from the University of Western Australia in 1994 and working as a Structural Engineer, Daniel pursued his interests in wine and winemaking by joining his brother Robert in 2002.
Studying by distance education, Daniel successfully completed his winemaking degree at Charles Sturt University, New South Wales, in 2007 with Distinction and won the Domain Chandon prize for the best Sparkling wine student.
Domenic has a philosophy that great wines can only be produced by growing the most flavoursome grapes possible.
This has meant that a great deal of the focus at Pinelli Estate is spent on vineyard management and incorporates many techniques learnt and passed on to his family by Domenic during a lifetime in grape growing both in Italy and Australia.
Domenic continues to provide invaluable insight into grape growing and winemaking at Pinelli Estate
THE TOOLS OF AN EXCELLENT WINEMAKER
The art of handcrafting fine wines is a family tradition in the Pinelli family. And we start the winemaking training early. As we have done this for many years, we have been able to pinpoint the essential tools that we think makes an excellent winemaker.
- A thorough understanding of nature,
- A deep well of patience, and lastly
- A well-tuned palate for blending and balance.