Published on October 16 2012.
After his family planted pinot noir at Bindi, north of Melbourne, in 1988, Michael learnt the vigneron’s craft from legendary winemaker Stuart Anderson and in cellars across Europe. His pinots are now regarded as some of Australia’s best.
Where did you grow up?
I was born in the Gisborne hospital and grew up at Bindi, here in Gisborne.
When did you know you were destined for a career in wine?
I have never actually acknowledged that! It constantly surprises and astounds me that my work and family life revolves around a vineyard, winery and market.
Who has been your greatest influence?
My parents and family personally. I have had many generous wine people influence me, none more than Stuart Anderson. There is a beautiful blurring of work and friendship in the fine wine world.
What is your most memorable wine experience?
Being involved in making Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in 1991 with Stuart Anderson vies with opening and tasting our first ever bottle of wine produced, Bindi 1991 Chardonnay.
Your favourite food or wine indulgence?
Dining in the brilliant restaurants around the world who serve Bindi and sharing the passion of the people who make those restaurants so great.
Melbourne Food and Wine Festival turns 21 in 2013. What were you doing when you were 21?
I was grinding my way through a university degree and helping my father establish the young vineyard at Bindi.
How do you celebrate when it’s your birthday?
This year it involved a gig admiring the outrageously talented Josh Ritter and Simone Felice after a beautiful meal at Union Dining with Wendy and friends.
How do you like to relax when you’re not working?
We are drawn to the coast, mostly in Victoria, however Belongil/Byron Bay has the strongest allure for its beach, community and warmth.