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The Pikes have been growing grapes and making wine in the Clare Valley since 1984, although the family was woven into the South Australian wine industry well before then.
Since those early days, renowned viticulturist Andrew and his family have built the business into an enviable Halliday 5-star winery. Their celebrated range of wines are critically acclaimed and have won a couple of ’best in show’ trophies over the years.
Now Andrew and his son Jamie are bringing you elegant and Naked-exclusive cool-climate gems from Clare Valley and the Adelaide Hills to sip and savour!
Hamish is a proud 5th generation grower and winemaker from one of Australia’s oldest wine families. He helped build Best’s Wines into a James Halliday 5-star winery, making multi award-winning wines.
Like most dyed-in-the-wool wine kids, Hamish started out scrubbing barrels and pruning hundreds of unruly vines. As the years passed, his responsibilities grew and he learnt the business inside out and back to front, including a vintage in France to round out his experience.
Hamish loves the whole process of making world-class wine and its connection with a place, but it's the people who drink his wine that really make his day.
Paige has a heritage that stretches back to German settlers who were growing grapes and making wine here in the 1890s, but she didn't know that until recently! She lives on a vineyard in McLaren Vale with Mum Jenny, surrounded by fantastic old bush vines.
Paige is a shining example of today’s young winemaking talent. In 2017, her first Rose made the list of Hot 100 Wines in South Australia. Her wines sing of the land where the grapes were grown - well-managed sustainable vineyards the popular Murray Darling wine region. Delicious and with vegan credentials to boot, they represent incredible value for money!
Getting Naked is a real thrill for Paige and she can't wait to hear from the Angels - "Education and interaction with wine lovers and people who are just starting to dip their toe into wine is the best part of my career, and the part that impassions me.”
He’s had a stellar career working vintages in big wineries in Italy, the US and Canada, as well as here in Australia. When he tired of years sleeping on other folks' couches, he settled down in South Australia and worked his way up the ranks to Chief Winemaker.
With a ton of medals under his belt and all the right connections, he’s struck out on his own. Now he makes his own wines for us that are fun and interesting to drink. And you can be the judge of that!
Phillip left his corporate life to travel the world, working with world-class winemakers to learn how to make the best Pinot Noir he possibly could.
For 18 years, he lovingly tended his grapes, crafted stunning wines and built up a Halliday 5-star winery, making arguably one of the country's finest Pinot Noir wines.
When he found himself having to start from the ground up again, he sourced premium fruit from one of the best vineyards in the Yarra Valley, borrowed Sam Plunkett’s sheds, and is crafting his exquisite Pinot Noir once again. But only for us!
Nature-loving Carla puts her scientific background to good use to create delicious cool-climate wines. No mean feat as she also works full-time and looks after two teenage girls!
Malcolm has an award-winning winemaking pedigree reaching back more than 30 years. He won a truckload of medals and trophies for his wines and built up a highly-respected ACT winery to a Halliday 5-star winner.
They jumped at the chance to team up and boost their production of high quality regionally distinct wines. The Angel investment allows them to take their luscious creations to thousands of winelovers across Australia!
Ok, so why the name Two Pairs? Nina Stocker (real name, Katherine) and Kate Day (real name, Kathryn) are lifelong besties. A chance meeting at Kate’s wedding saw Nina meet and fall in love with the best man - the identical twin brother of Kate’s husband. All clear!? Wowwwww!
They embarked on globe-travelling wine odysseys that spanned 15 years and took in France, Italy, Napa Valley, Portugal, Marlborough, McLaren Vale, Yarra Valley, Tasmania and Central Victoria to name a glorious few. Here’s a couple of bragging rights...
Nina, as Chief Winemaker for Catalina Sounds, Crowded House and Nanny Goat in N.Z. scored the prized Air New Zealand Trophy for Best Sauvignon Blanc. Extraordinary!
These guys prove there’s no substitute for experience. They have simply been there and done it with some of the most admired wineries in the land.
Paul and Ralph have a combined 65 years experience advancing other peoples' wine endeavours (and helping make those same people, ahhh, very rich along the way). Then they had their light bulb moment - it was time to break out and go it alone!
Theirs is a skilled partnership that covers every aspect of the Australian wine trade: winemaking, marketing, management and administration. Yep, esteemed wine critics and wine drinkers have been sitting up and taking serious notice ever since they stepped out on their own. And, with such hard earned knowledge under their belts you’d be crazy not to!