Ashley was born and bred in the Upper Hunter Valley and started a traineeship with Rosemount Estate at the age of 18 and completed 4 years until leaving to experience other wine regions. Ash completed vintages at Penfolds SA, Kamberra Estate ACT, Brands of Coonawarra SA, Saint Clair NZ, before returning to his home.
Ash experienced a number of different trades along the way but never felt like it was right and kept on returning back to the winery where it felt like home. Eventually, he realised he had a passion and skill for winemaking and decided to follow the wine gods. His father also established vineyards and Ashley realised there was a great opportunity and lifestyle in front of him
Ash produced the first vineyards off the Family vineyard in 2010 & won a gold medal for it.
Ashley's ultimate goal for his family vineyard is to make and sell wine from the entire vineyard under the label - Horner wines. And thanks to our Angels he is able to do that today!
He does have a favourite varietal... Ash loves the diversity when making chardonnay. It is a variety that can handle a lot of different techniques and continues to challenge him. But overall he just loves making wine!