Boy (Adrian) meets Girl (Rebecca) are are on the ride of their lives raising their family while living and breathing their other passion - wine! The pair have been involved in winemaking for over 15 years. You can always expect their range of Naked exclusive wines to include something a little left of field.
For years, their dream was to one day make their own wine. Fast forward to the present and they're finally living that dream with thanks to the backing of Naked Angels. Their wine is dedicated to their family, and of course any Angel who has helped make their wine possible!
In just 4 high paced years, the couple have gone from producing a handful of Pinot Noir cases to quenching the thirst of 1000's of people around the country. In 2016 they clocked up their 1 millionth bottle sale through Naked - yes, 1 million! As one of the very first teams to hop aboard the Naked train, Adrian and Rebecca continue to amaze, inspire and often fill our glasses here at Naked HQ!
Sourcing grapes from fruit grown on the family vineyard in the Strathbogie ranges of Central Victoria. Winemakers don't come much more in love with their job than Sam who would "happily spend everyday around tanks, barrels, stainless steel toys and wine"
A self taught winemaker, a multi award winning winemaker under Plunkett Fowles and currently studying his 'master of wine'.
The Angel funding has accelerated the start-up of Wine by Sam and has helped pave the way for Sam to continue making the great wine he loves to make exclusively for you!
Brian, from the Margaret River in WA has been producing for 30 years now and once managed a winery in Tunisia, Italy working out of an old colonial French Chateau making Carignan.
Brian Fletcher works with exceptional and dedicated growers in Margaret River so has access to fantastic fruit and a wonderful region in Margaret River to work with.
The upfront funding from the Naked Angels provides a fantastic opportunity for Brian to innovate without a total financial exposure. Brian cannot wait for the day he can talk directly to the angels and together they can create a new wine from scratch.
Born and bred in the Upper Hunter Valley, Ash worked in local vineyards while helping to establish his Family Vineyard.
Ashley is one of the most passionate people we have ever met. When asked what he loved most about his job, his answer was "Everything! I love the action during vintage and the progression of grapes becoming a bottle to enjoy. I love the diversity and the abstract thinking you can put into creating a wine product. I also love the diversity of the people that work in the industry and how winemaking makes me feel complete in my life".
What's the difference between Ash and the rest? His grapes are from organic vineyards and are made using fully certified organic practices!
Having previously worked for McWilliams Wines, Orlando Wines and Giesen Wines, Rob has bucket-loads of experience and is excited to use this knowledge to make wines under his very own label. What's more, his winery was recently rated in the Top 10 New Wineries by James Halliday.
Each wine he creates now draws on incredible international experience..he's been everywhere a winemaker could want to work! Burgundy, Tuscany, Napa Valley, Niagara Peninsula and even the magical Marlborough.
Born and bred in the NSW Riverina region, nominated for young winemaker of the year in 2008 and with access to some seriously amazing fruit, Rob is now making wines exclusively for Angels!
Rob just gained 60,000+ new friends in the Angels. His lifelong dream is coming true and he thinks it an absolute pleasure to make the best possible wine that he can for everyone at Naked Wines!
Our first Hunter Valley winemaker, Andrew is crafting delicate and perfumed wines from prime vineyards in the Hunter Valley and the diverse regions of NSW
Over 25 vintages, Andrew made wines for some of Australia's oldest and most prestigious wineries. His experience making internationally multi-award winning wines has connected him with dedicated growers that share his passion for wines that typify the styles best reflective of the region.
Andrew has quit his regular job, leased a winery and gone it alone. He would not have been able to do this without the support of the Naked Angels.
Meet Stuart.... Born in Perth, Stuart has been making wine for 31 years. He is a legend and the man behind Devil's Lair, Voyager Estate and Stella Bella just to name a few.
Stuart has made wines in the Yarra Valley, Geelong and Bordeaux. He also undertook a study trip to Tuscany and Piedmonte, Burgundy and the Loire as well as Rioja and Priorat. So you could say he has a fair bit of experience.
His label, 'Hearts and Bones' celebrate the release of the creative spirit from the constraints of the day to day reality. It is with the support of the Angels that this burst of vinous creativity is able to happen.
Ben Rector is out to show the potential of the lesser known vineyards of WA. With 20 years experience across some of Australia's premier winemaking regions, he knows exactly what to look for in grape growing quality, no matter the climate.
The Pemberton and Geographe regions of South West WA are Ben's main focus. His aged release reds have all sold out in record time, and his flair for Chardonnay is undeniable.
Ben takes great pride in his artistic licence, always ensuring that his wines go above and beyond. Angel feedback is gold dust, and the support he has received has allowed Ben to increase his output astronomically. All this in two short Naked years...what will he do next?!
Cynthea has been making wine for 23 years. She started at a young age... 5 to be exact when her parents moved from San Francisco to Tassie and purchased a plot of land which they planted in 1980. It was a natural evolution to work with the vines and Cynthea eventually ended up studying winemaking and wine marketing.
Her favourite varietals are Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Cynthea absolutely loves using her sense of smell and taste as her job. It has opened her world so much more. AND, it is the best passport to travel on!
The Angels investment allows Cynthea and her husband David more time to spend with the growers, and getting the best grapes they can. Great grapes = great wine!