With a diverse career spanning from horticulture to viticulture, Wayne was fascinated by the diversity on offer in vineyards and wine regions around the world. He has brought this back to the Barossa, and created his own range - Dell'uva Wines, where quality is excellence from the ground up.
Wayne spent a decade of his career visiting all of the top wine producing regions of the world in a quest to establish what it actually is that makes great wine. In the sun-drenched vineyards of Italy, amidst vines of intensely flavoured Italian varietal fruit, Wayne was inspired by growing methods vastly different to vineyard practices common in Australia.
Returning to his conventionally planted vineyard located on the Western Ridge of the Barossa, and armed with a chainsaw, Wayne performed "delicate" surgery on his vines. He then spent the next 5 years selecting and importing a handpicked range of rootstocks, emerging varieties and clones from Italy, Spain, Portugal and France to establish a new and exciting vineyard showcasing viticultural and wine-making practices not seen before in Australia.
Wayne has produced a select range of alternate wine styles and created a diverse offering of premium European varieties, distinctly showcasing their European heritage.
Armed with a multitude alternate varieties like Albarino, Nero d'Avola, Mencia, Aglianico, Arinto, Ansonica and Verdicchio, and over ninety more, Dell'uva is a vision realised.