The Athletes Of Wine are Matt Brooke and Liam O’Brien. We are Melbourne sommeliers, who in the winter of 2007 jumped at the opportunity to tend and nurture a plot of vines in the Macedon Ranges. We had no game plan, no end-point and no brand but have now emerged with a small selection of wines that we believe in and are proud to share with you.
We met working behind the bar of a restaurant with a world-class drinks list, soon realising that we needed to work hard and train every day to do justice to the amazing beverages we were surrounded by. As we focussed on wine and becoming sommeliers, the pressure grew as we tried to understand over 1500 wines on our list.
Like professional athletes there was no such thing as a "day off". Every day was a chance to taste, read, drink, taste, listen. blend, taste and drink again. And so we became the Athletes Of Wine. Always training hard, always looking to learn, and always having fun along the way.