Where passion meets expertise.
Owner and Chairman
‘Some might think the link between geology and viticulture is tenuous but from my experience in the wine industry this could not be further from the truth.’
John Davis is the roots of the company and in another life was a successful oil exploration geologist. In 1982 he bought his first vineyard and by 1988 his first winery. What started out as a serious hobby gradually became his sole business focus. John has used his geological know how to purchase select vineyard sites in four of Australia’s premium grape growing areas – the Hunter Valley & Orange in NSW and Wrattonbully & Coonawarra in South Australia. In the past few decades he has forged a reputation as an astute viticulturist with an unerring eye for matching soil types with their most suited grape varieties.
His purchase of Pepper Tree in 2002 completed his objective of merging his own vineyards with a compatible high-quality winery, where each vineyard’s terroir can be fully expressed. John is hands-on in all aspects of the business and likes spending time in all his vineyards. John’s house is situated in the middle of his Hunter Valley vineyard at Mount View.