“Not having grown up in Barossa, I have learned so much from listening to the wisdom and advice of others, who have experienced the many ups and downs of the wine industry and understand you can never rule anything out. My mentor, the legendary Darrell Kruger’s words of advice have always stuck with me, ‘never say never’. “
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Brooke’s early years, spent growing up on a broadacre farm on the Eyre Peninsula, have characterized her presence with a relaxed country air which is always accompanied by a wide, friendly smile.
Underneath her approachable nature, is an ambitious, driven and talented viticultural leader. Brooke supports the advancement of the Barossa as a region, and strives to support the success of all those people with whom she works. While nicknames abound in Barossa, no one has been game to bestow one on Brooke!
Brooke is known for her commitment to increase organic viticulture, for which her efforts have been recognised. Soil health is a key viticultural philosophy, which she believes is the cornerstone of growing great quality grapes. Brooke focusses on nurturing microbial activity through biodiversity and mulching.
Working for Yalumba, a family owned business with over 170 years of history, Brooke has found her feet and has thrived for 10 years within a culture she describes as “incredibly supportive and dynamic in their quest for quality”.