Geoff Thompson holding a bottle of Grounded Cru Sparkling

MEET YOUR (WINE)MAKER

PLAYER PROFILE: JOFFA

We want you to know the people behind your favourite Grounded Cru wine, so we're introducing you to the team! Say hi to Joffa. đź‘‹

 

Wine regions worked in: Central Victoria and McLaren Vale.

Favourite wine region: McLaren Vale, of course!

Favourite grape variety: Shiraz, plus Grenache.. and blends of!

Favourite food: Thai and Vietnamese.

Worst colleague to room with: Has to be Jacko!

Family: Partner Bec and daughters Millie (21) and Rosie (18).

Pets: Recently departed best dog in the world, 13 and a half year old Border Collie Lenny. We also love the kookaburras, magpies, and koalas at home!

Favourite sporting team: St Kilda – life long tragic!

Favourite band/s: You Am I and anything Tim Rogers does! Ride, My Bloody Valentine, Dinosaur Junior, Sonic Youth, Smashing Pumpkins, Mazzy Star – I seriously love music!

Favourite movie/s: Pulp Fiction and Princess Bride.

Lucky number:  7.

Hometown: Belair, Adelaide. 

If you weren't a winemaker, what would be your dream job? Musician, ideally a member of You Am I! Even though I can't sing or play a single instrument; I was too busy playing sport as a kid!

Fun fact: Winemaking is my second career – my first was in the photographic industry with Kodak in Melbourne and the USA. I had an early mid-life career crisis in my late 20’s, followed my dreams, went back to Uni and became a winemaker!