Chief Winemaker – Since 2000
Hunter Valley born and bred, Rod started in the wine industry in 1988. Working vintages for Brian McGuigan, and Rothbury Estate under the great Len Evans, he learned about the nuances of Hunter wine styles. Rod joined Lake’s Folly as Chief Winemaker in 2000 and has never looked back. Winning Australian Wine of the Year (Jeremy Oliver) for his first Lake’s Folly vintage and being awarded Australia’s Most Collected Cabernet Blend and 2nd Most Collected Chardonnay (Wine Ark), are a couple of his achievements. But it is Max Lake’s words ringing in his ears, when Max proclaimed: “under you, the wines have never looked better” that give Rod the greatest satisfaction. He is the proud custodian of the Folly style and honoured to be carrying on a great tradition.