Having completed a Bachelor of Applied Science (Viticulture & Oenology) at Curtin University, Liz’s first vintage was at West Cape Howe followed by vintages all over Australia including in the Hunter Valley, Yarra Valley and Tasmania. She accepted a permanent role as Assistant Winemaker at Forest Hill in 2004, followed by a year at Capel Vale as their White Winemaker. Liz said, “It was here in the west that my wines started picking up gold medals. The highlight was a Riesling being chosen for The Prime Ministers Dozen.”
A move to Italy in late 2007 enabled Liz to complete a Masters in Food Culture and Communication at The University of Gastronomic Sciences in Parma. She also undertook a vintage with Giuseppe (Beppe) Ca’Viola; one of Italy’s most respected winemakers.
Liz has been making wine at Qualia since January 2009 and has completed another vintage in Italy as well as graduating the International Course on Piemontese Wines for Industry Professionals.
I love Italian grape varieties and the premium wines that country produces. My experience in Italy has led to a passion for Italian grape varieties, wine and lifestyle. Nothing beats long table lunches under the vines at a local osteria. It’s not at all surprising that I have found a home in North West Victoria. In Mildura there’s a strong Italian heritage as well as the growing importance of the region being suited to the alternative Italian varietals.