Initially it was family that sparked Jeremy’s interest in wine, but not because of a dynasty or inheritance. It was simple European food around the table with wine that initiated his love of the grape.
After a period overseas, with rich experiences of food and wine entwined in culture and celebration, Jeremy returned to Australia where he spent time in the vineyards of west and south Gippsland while working in his parents’ engineering business.
He completed a Bachelor of Viticultural Science and Wine Production at La Trobe University and was awarded the Wingara Wines prize for academia before beginning his first winemaking position in the Yarra Valley.
Bitten by the Pinot Noir bug, Jeremy took on the assistant winemaker’s position at Mac Forbes Wines in the Yarra Valley and then another small Mornington Peninsula winery before joining us at Ten Minutes by Tractor in 2008. Now, along with overseeing our viticultural program and vineyard management, he is a key member of our winemaking team and works closely alongside Richard McIntyre and Martin Spedding.
In 2007 he spent the European vintage with Maison Ambroise at Nuits St Georges in Burgundy. More recently he completed a season in the Okanagan Valley, Canada, working with Quails Gate winemaker Grant Stanley in 2012.
For the past four years Jeremy has overseen the winemaking trial program conducted as part of the Victorian Pinot Noir Workshop, responsible for establishing and implementing multi-winery studies through collaboration amongst producers across Victoria and various industry bodies.
A surgeon whose keen and questioning intellect found fresh challenges in winemaking, Richard McIntyre is well known for his twin passions of Burgundian winemaking techniques and the use of wild yeast.
When he became a pioneer of the Mornington Peninsula wine region more than 27 years ago, he greatly inspired fellow medico Peter Wallis, who turned his capable hands to planting windbreaks on Richard’s newly established Moorooduc Estate vineyard. The Wallis family later became one of the three original owners of Ten Minutes by Tractor, and invited Richard to apply his considerable talents to the new company’s wines.
His success with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay was immediate and ongoing. And when Martin Spedding took over Ten Minutes by Tractor in 2004, there was a meeting of minds between these two passionate oenophiles.
Richard has been dubbed “one of Australia's most thoughtful, caring and sensitive winemakers”, whose wines are a “wonderful expression of his individual philosophy and respect for Burgundian winemaking principles” (Peter Bourne, Gourmet Traveller Wine).
It’s a philosophy which is shared by Martin, and which drives these winemakers to create simply magnificent wines which clearly reflect the distinct terroir of Ten Minutes by Tractor’s Main Ridge sites.
Arisa graduated from UC Davis in 2012 with a science degree in Viticulture and Enology; she was the recipient of UC Davis Viticulture & Enology Department’s 2012 Wine Spectator International Harvest Scholarship which helped actualize her professional endeavours overseas after graduation.
Since graduation Arisa has worked at the very highly regarded Weingut Keller in Germany’s Rheinhessen wine region, as a researcher for one of UC Davis’s sustainable viticulture programs in California, at Weingut Flick in the Germany’s Rheingau and most recently at the renowned Weingut FX Pichler in Austria’s Wachau region.
Arisa works very closely with our viticulturist and winemaker Jeremy Magyar, our viticultural consultant Dylan Grigg and with our vineyard team.