Our Vine Change Story
Nice to meet you!
The Pine Drive Team is a tight-knit affair. Matthew Grayson, the elder golden Labrador “Stella” and the young rambunctious chocolate Labrador “Molly”.
Matthew grew up on a sugar cane farm in Bundaberg, Queensland. Later in between travelling around the world, Matthew was offered a HR position building the world’s largest LNG gas plant.
Where did the passion
for wine start?
After leaving Qatar, I moved to Saudi Arabia for 7 years. Of course, alcohol was not available so many of the expats learned to make their own wine from available South African grape juice.
Matthew’s first attempts were, let’s just say ‘interesting!’
It wasn’t until a colleague whose family was in the Spanish wine industry, gave Matthew the “recipe”. From then on, Matthew’s wine became very well known among expats and cemented our interest in the wine industry.
It also helped that Europe was only a 6 hour flight so I visited many wine regions and sampled some of the finest.
So how did I end up in
the Barossa Valley?
I was so ready to leave the Middle East and I really wanted to do something earthy and different.
My love for the relaxed atmosphere of vineyards and wine continued to grow, so I decided to buy a vineyard.
I searched and searched for a vineyard across many countries and regions. But when I drove down Pine Drive I was struck by the beauty of the lane lined by Pine trees and knew I had found my own slice of heaven.