Zac is an experienced winemaker whose roots in winemaking started nearly 20 years ago while working with a small family winery & vineyard 80 km from Vienna. Following his stay in Europe, his skills were further honed while he lived in Western Australia. After he and Julie married and moved to Montreal, his interest in winemaking grew into a serious passion. As he cultivated his own skills and began winning both provincial and national medals for his wines, he also found himself teaching winemaking to other Garagistes for the next ten years.
Julie spent 20 years working in Human Resources in Canada and abroad for global, multi-national organisations. Her specialisation in leadership and learning and development gave her keen insight into people, their motivation and how to work effectively and collaboratively together. These skills are already proving useful as she builds relationships with customers, suppliers and seasonal vineyard employees, who are all key to the success of the grape-growing and winemaking processes. She has been supporting Zac with Garagiste winemaking for a decade and she plans to embark upon more formal studies in viticulture and winemaking to complement the hands-on exposure she has had to date.