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About Lowe

Our Story

We grow, make, and sell premium organic wines in Mudgee.

 

We grow our grapes according to organic and biodynamic farming principles. Our fruit comes from strong and healthy plants, growing in soil that supports their ongoing heath.  Growing this way, we not only ensure the flavour and quality of our wine now, but long into the future.

 

We make our wine using innovative techniques, tempered by years of experience. Each vintage, our winemakers are joined by a team from around the globe.  These are always passionate people, eager to give and receive the knowledge needed to make great wine. In small batches, we are able to give each wine the care and attention that it requires, while preserving the unique characteristics of its origin. The finished product is an expression of this combined knowledge, experience, and care.

 

We sell our wine to people who enjoy it. Full stop. All of the time spent growing and making our wine would be meaningless if the glass in front of you didn’t impart joy. Wine is a personal. It revolves around your experience of it. That is why the Lowe tasting room is positioned within view of the grapes, and only ten steps from the centre of production.  It’s also why we don’t sell to supermarkets. There is no greater compliment to us than you taking our wine home. It’s humbling, and proof we’re doing it right.

Slow Winemaking – Our Philosophy

Lowe Wines is a certified organic vineyard and winery that specialises in small batch winemaking using innovative techniques. Our Mudgee vineyards are untrellised, unirrigated and certified organic.  They produce lower yields of distinctively individual grapes; one of four flag ship varieties being Zinfandel.  We are leading the field with practical sustainable management in our vineyards and on our farm.

The Lowe Family – Pioneers in Australian Agriculture

David lowe is the fifth generation of agricultural innovators that goes back to the earlest settlement of Mudgee and Australia.

1815

Robert Lowe, a recent migrant from Wales and then magistrate at Bringelly NSW, is granted land in the Mudgee district under a ticket of occupation

1832

After her husband’s death, Sarah Lowe and her 11 children cross the Blue Mountains to take up residence on their holdings in Mudgee. The Lowe family establishes several significant properties in the district including Tinja the present day home of Lowe Wines.

1973

David Lowe, the fifth generation of the Lowe family, with the assitance of his father Kieth, establishes the first vineyards at Tinja during his vacations from Hurlstone Agricultural High School in Sydney.

1979

David Lowe graduates from Roseworthy College in South Australia with a Batchelor of Wine Science (Oneology). After graduation David was appointed Assistant Winemaker at the prestigious Rothbury Estate in the Hunter Valley, working for two titans of the wine industry – Len Evans and Murray Tyrrell. Over the following 20 vintages at various posts in Australia and overseas, David Lowe establishes his reputation as a leading industry figure in his own right, and commences production in the Hunter Valley under his own brand.

2000

The first vintage in the newly constructed winery at Tinja is completed

2003

Production is moved to a certified organic process. The Lowe Zinfandel is awarded best of its kind at the 2003 International Wine Challenge.

The Winemakers

Our passion for innovation in the creation of high quality organic wines is what gets us out of bed (and during vintage, very early too!)

About Our People
David Lowe

During his 35-year career David has been the recipient of industry awards, trophies and medals, including Best Zinfandel at the 2003 International Wine Challenge (runner-up in 2004) and the Qantas Cup for the Best Australian Chardonnay (1985). In 2018 Lowe Wines was awarded 5 stars in the Halliday Wine Companion. 

 

David Lowe is a prominent wine industry advocate and, during his career, has held several key positions including Vice President of the Winemakers’ Federation of Australia, a member of the strategic NSW Ministers’ Wine Advisory Council, Vice President of the NSW Wine Industry Association and President of the Mudgee Wine Grape Growers Association.

 

In 2013 the NSW Minister for Agriculture awarded David the Graham Gregory Award for his contribution to the NSW Wine Industry. Following this, in 2014, Wine Communicators of Australia awarded David the 2014 Legend of the Vine Award.

 

David is a regular wine industry commentator and a passionate supporter of smart farming, rural land custodianship and regionalism.  He claims he has no skills relevant to urban environments.

Paul Martung

Paul started a two year internship at La Tour Blanche school whilst working at the renowned Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte in the Pessac-Leognan area, Bordeaux, where he stayed for the 2011, 2012 and 2013 vintages.

 

Paul worked in Portugal in 2014 at Porto Cruz and then Australia with Rikard Wines in Orange from 2015 to 2017, where he was exposed to small batch winemaking with over 20 different varieties.

 

During 2015 Paul also worked in France in the Cotes de Cascogne (Domaine de l’Herre) making aromatic white wines including Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Gros Manseng (as well as the low alcohol Petite Faiblesse) and in 2016 at Chateau de Cerons in the Graves appellation. 

 

In 2017, after achieving several vintages, he wanted to return to Australia and did it by joining the Lowe family, working alongside David Lowe.

 

Paul has a Degree in Winemaking. He studied for three years at the École de viticulture et d’oenologie de La Tour Blanche (Sauternes).

Brent M. Martin

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