Robert Gherardi was born with wine in his blood. As a small boy he'd go to Margaret River to pick grapes with three generations of his extended Italian family. The grapes were taken to his grandmother's suburban backyard to begin the fermentation, followed by a big lunch or dinner to celebrate the arrival of the new vintage-to-be. Nonetheless, his first degree was in marine science and biotechnology; while completing the course he worked in an independent wine store in Perth. Having tasted his way around the world in the bottle, at age 25 he enrolled in the full oenology and viticulture degree. This led to employment at Moss Wood for four years, then Brown Hill Estate as assistant winemaker and finally to Cullen for three years. Vanya Cullen encouraged him to travel to Barolo and work with Elio Altare for three harvests over a five-year period. This included moving to Barolo with his wife and children to experience the full four seasons of viticulture and winemaking. He returns to Italy each year for his boutique travel business, with customised tours of Barolo, Valtellina and further north. And so he arrived at the name for his winery: Margaret River, Barolo and Valtellina. Exports to Singapore and Hong Kong.