Welcome to our series of interviews with Barossans, today we catch up with David Brown – Owner at Mountadam.
1. What would you like to do if you weren’t working in the wine industry? A farmer
2. What do you love most about your job and why? The people and the variation. It’s such a fun industry to be in.
3. What was your first car? Ford Anglia
4. What grape variety or wine style most interests you at the moment? Cabernet Sauvignon. Mountadam hasn’t done a straight Cab Sauv and were looking to release a 2015 vintage, which is looking amazing in barrel at the moment.
5. What are you listening too at the moment? Pink Floyd
6. What is your favourite dish to cook? Osso Bucco.
7. What is your idea of perfect happiness? Spending time with the family in Eden Valley
8. When you’re not working what do you like to do? Driving and racing cars. I used to do it a lot when I was younger and spent some time restoring an Austin Healey so it’s a big passion of mine.
9. What is your greatest extravagance? My boat.
10. What are you reading at the moment? Dissmissal by Paul Kelly
11. What is your favourite city/country to visit and why? Canada. My daughter Sally lived there for a few years so we visited quite a bit. It’s such an interesting and beautiful country as the climate is totally opposite to Australia
12. What is the most memorable wine/s you have tried? Sauternes 1983 Chateau d’Yquem.
13. Who are your heroes in real life? I can’t say I have one hero in particular but there are certainly aspects and traits of different people that I respect and appreciate so I can learn from them.
14.What are your top 3 Barossa tips?
- A drive through Eden Valley especially up to High Eden – it’s a hidden treasure and the views are spectacular.
- Barossa markets on a Saturday morning.
- Linke’s butcher in Nuri – fantastic smoked bacon and hams.
15. What would be your chosen superpower? To be able to cure cancer.
16. If you could meet anyone in the world dead or alive who would it be and what would you say to them? Richard Branson – would love to discuss business principles with him.
17. If you were stranded on a desert island, what three items would you take with you?
- Fishing rod
- My wife Jenni
18. If you died and came back as a person or thing, what would it be? Secretary general of the United Nations to hopefully bring peace to the Middle East
19. What makes the Barossa special to you? The people. Down the earth, friendly, hardworking and always willing to help
20. What is your motto? Today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.