January 2018 – Managed to escape corporate wine office life for three weeks and get my harvest hands back – this time with Houghton Wines in Swan Valley, Western Australia. I learned my way around some excellent chardonnay, and had the treat of visiting vineyards a few hours down the road towards Margaret River. Shiraz and Semillon too; the last time I’d dabbled with these in Australia had been cellar-ratting at Mount Pleasant in the Hunter Valley, NSW in 2014. That’s the very cool thing about winemaking; forever changing. A fun few weeks where I learned lots and got to see a few roos.