John Harris – winemaker for Mitchell Harris Wines – was my guest on Episode 122 of The Vincast wine podcast. We chatted about his journey and all the exciting things he and his in-laws have been doing with their wine brand and wine bar in Ballarat. He generously brought a long a few bottles of his wine, and I was glad to open and share my experiences here on the Intrepid Wino channel!
Growing up in Ballarat, John Harris graduated from Charles Sturt University with a degree in oenology in 1999, and soon took up a position at Domaine Chandon. Over the next seven years he gained much experience and by the end of his tenure was in charge of sparkling production for the Yarra Valley-based operation. In 2008, along with his wife’s extended family, he began the Mitchell Harris brand that would eventually be based in their mutual home town of Ballarat.
Last year I was helping out at the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival Masterclass sessions at The Glasshouse, and I met Alisha Begbie, undoubtedly one of the biggest wine enthusiasts I’ve ever encountered. Alisha has spent the last few years volunteering at every wine event and wine show she can, attending every tasting possible, and being involved in consumer-oriented winemaking opportunities. She even helped hand bottle the inaugural vintage of my Vino Intrepido! During the 2016 vintage she was part of the Curious Winemaker program that Mitchell Harris run in Ballarat, and she was involved with this Curio Syrah 2016 she kindly gave me a bottle of.
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