Wine Maker : Greg Folletts
Mr. Greg Folletts was raised on the family farm (dairy and vineyard), and along with 2 brothers and 2 sisters, is part of the 4th generation of Folletts to work on the family property.
In 1990, Greg graduated from Roseworthy Agricultural College with a degree in Winemaking, and over the next few years worked several vintages in Australia, as well as in California and France. He returned in 1992, to his parents Ken and Mariene’s property to commence making wine and to take a more active role in the family’s newly established winery.
Both of the first two wines Greg made under the Lake Breeze label from the 1992 vintage won trophies. The 1992 ‘Bernoota’ was awarded 2 trophies; the ’Best Dry Red of the Show’ at the McLaren Vale Wine Show, and the 1992 Cabernet Sauvignon won a trophy for ’Champion Dry Red’ at the Australian Small Winemaker’s Show. Together, these wines accumulated 12 gold medals and 3 trophies.
The new winery designed by Greg was built in 1998. It houses small open top fermenters which enables Greg to focus on a traditional style of winemaking. Greg believes his greatest assets are the old vines on the property and the concentrated fruit they produce. This enables Greg to take a minimalist approach and allows the fruit to speak for itself. He takes a ‘hands on’ approach, responsible for all facets, from fruit selection through to sales and marketing.
Mr. Greg Folletts (The wine maker of Lake Breeze Wine)
The flooded vines at Lake Breeze Winery