Gary Mills’ story isn’t a typical one in the world of fine winemaking. He doesn’t come from a dynasty of vintners, he didn’t spend his youth crushing grapes in the great wineries of Europe.
He does, however, have the passion, skill and dedication required to make exceptional bottles of wine, which brilliantly express the best features of the land he tends in Victoria.
Mills was an English teacher, working out in Japan, and it was when he returned home to Australia he realised his future wasn’t in a classroom, but out in the fields with the vines.
He got himself a job at Margaret River, and his love affair with wines and wine making was set. Before long, he was jetting out to California to study under Paul Draper, and spend a stint in Oregon before returning down under to go it alone.
Jamsheed is a great example of an independent, small winery, doing things by feel and intuition, rather than slavishly following the book.
The name comes from a Persian legend of a king who discovered the healing powers of wine, and we doubt many people wouldn’t feel revived after tasting Jamsheed’s characterful bottles of single vineyard reds and whites.
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