Wolf Blass winemaker Marie Clay discovered wine through her Dad's stellar collection of South Australian reds. Like all good fathers, he stocked up on the birth year of his two daughters. In Marie's case, that just happened to be a lovely bottle of 1979 Wolf Blass Black Label, which was cracked at her 21st birthday.
After graduating in 2000 from the University of Adelaide with first Class honours in Oenology, Marie received the Southcorp wine scholarship. This allowed her to travel and work with the company’s best winemakers across the Australian wine regions of Coonawarra, Barossa, Sunraysia and Great Western.
Following these experiences, Marie worked with Lindeman’s for 4 years at both their NSW and Victorian wineries, overseeing white wine production.
In December 2006 Marie joined the Wolf Blass winemaking team in the Barossa, where she relished the opportunity to work with premium red wines from vineyard to bottle. She loves working in a modern winery that allows the fruit's potential to be realised. Langhorne Creek and McLaren Vale, the heartland regions of the Grey Label range, are particularly close to her heart.
International vintages in Tuscany and Burgundy have rounded out her winemaking experience and keep fueling her passion to learn.
Marie has enjoyed judging at Australian wine shows over the past 15 years, completed the Australian Wine Assessment Course (AWAC) in 2004, and was a Len Evans scholar in 2015. She has been a regular guest judge at AWAC over the last 5 years, where she contributes to the education of the students.
She is the proud owner of a vineyard in the Moppa sub-region of the Barossa, planted to old vine Shiraz and Grenache, which she and her family now call home.