A former Pharmacist, Geoff saw the opportunity to transfer his skills to the wine industry and began studying winemaking at the University of Adelaide in 2002. He successfully graduated with a Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Hons) (Oenology) in 2004, along the way collecting the Brokenwood Wines Prize (top second year student) and a University Medal for outstanding academic achievement.
Having completed the 2004 vintage at Brokenwood Wines in the Hunter Valley, Geoff joined Brown Brothers as Assistant Winemaker for the 2005 vintage. Initially a 3-month position, at the completion of vintage the company decided to expand its winemaking team and the position was made permanent.
In October 2007, Geoff was promoted to the position of Winemaker and is now responsible for a portfolio of red, white, sparkling and fortified wines at a range of price points including ultra premium. He is particularly interested in the development of new varieties and wine styles, something for which Brown Brothers is rightly famous.
Geoff has embraced the challenges that winemaking at Brown Brothers presents and is always looking forward to the next vintage.