Welcome to our series of interviews with Barossans, today we catch up with Stu Bourne – Senior Winemaker at Soul Growers.
- What would you like to do if you weren’t working in the wine industry?
Work for Hoi An Motorbike Adventures as a tour guide, riding around the hills of Vietnam. Either that or being the weather presenter for a national TV news service.
- What do you love most about your job and why?
Hello – Der! –make wine, taste wine, pair it with food etc etc. What a terrible existence. 🙂 Working in the Barossa with some of the best vineyards and grape growers on the planet makes life pretty damn cool, I must say.
- What was your first car?
HR Holden Special sedan, built at GMH Elizabeth in 1966. Even had fluffy dice on the rear vision mirror. A belter of a vehicle.
- What grape variety or wine style most interests you at the moment?
GSM blends are proving to be really fascinating, in how they play out as individuals in the blend – and what the blend comes out looking like as a result. Also, loving having a play with Graciano and Montepulciano as alternatives for the Barossa. Early trials look fabulous.
- What are you listening too at the moment?
Iron Maiden, The Cure, Bucks Fizz, John Paul Young, The Radiators, The Sex Pistols, The Clash, Duran Duran, The Damned and The Sunnyboys. Obviously not as a mash up – but as distinct individuals.
- What is your favourite dish to cook?
Pho Bo, risotto, salt and pepper squid.
- What is your idea of perfect happiness?
World peace with dolphins, healthy family, cold beer, repeated Angaston Grand Final flags, an old school motorbike, pasta with cream sauce, gin and tonic, good book.
- When you’re not working what do you like to do?
Gardening, cricket, golf, family, friends, food and fun.
- What is your greatest extravagance?
The Triumph motorbike.
- What are you reading at the moment?
Kurt Vonnegut Jr “Welcome to the Monkey House”.
- What is your favourite city/country to visit and why?
Vietnam. The place, the people, the food, the traffic and the climate.
- What is the most memorable wine/s you have tried
1836 Madeira, 1962 Penfolds Bin 60A, 1999 E&E Black Pepper Shiraz.
- Who are your heroes in real life?
Leonardo da Vinci, Nelson Mandela, Ronnie Biggs, The Queen and my old man.
- What are your top 3 Barossa tips?
Get a local to guide you around, otherwise you will miss heaps. Catch a tune at the Tanunda Art Gallery on the Hill and Son organ. Take in the views, wine and food at Artisans.
- What would be your chosen superpower?
To be mildly awesome………………….. also to be able to never drop a catch in cricket. 🙂
- If you could meet anyone in the world dead or alive who would it be and what would you say to them?
Nelson Mandela – “Thank you”
- If you were stranded on a desert island, what three items would you take with you?
Digital radio, tennis ball, esky full of beer.
- If you died and came back as a person or thing, what would it be?
- What makes the Barossa special to you?
The people, the dirt, the community feel, the generations of tradition and the quality of the food, wine and song.
- What is your motto?
If you want to get ahead, get a hat…………………