Winemaking has long been a tradition in the Marson family, from the suburban Melbourne backyard to the family farm in Friuli that Mario first visited as a child. Mario pursued his passion for wine, gaining qualifications in Agricultural Science from La Trobe University and Applied Science (Wine Science) from Charles Sturt University.
Today with more than 35 years’ spent working in the Yarra Valley and at Heathcote, Mario is one of our country’s most experienced winemakers. For 15 years Mario was winemaker and viticulturalist at the renowned Mount Mary in the Yarra Valley. Working alongside the late Dr John Middleton gave Mario a valuable understanding of both the technical and creative skills required to produce premium quality wine.
Mario sees the education of the winemaker as an ongoing pursuit. Regular trips to Piedmont, Tuscany and Friuli and vintages with Paolo de Marchi at Isole e Olena and Lessona, and in Burgundy at Domaine de la Pousse D'Or have refined his approach to viticulture and winemaking.
Such experiences have proven invaluable in the development of Mario's French and Italian style wines in Australia.