“THE WINE COLLECTIVE IS JUST THAT - A COLLECTIVE. A MEETING POINT, A COLLABORATION, A NETWORK THAT GOES BEYOND A SHOP FRONT."
With a winemaking heritage that stretches back ten generations to the 1670s…Red Hill Wine Collective founder Tom Portet was born with a wine philosophy in his blood.
His first vintage was on Bordeaux’s left bank in Margaux, where 25 years earlier his grandfather André Portet ran the esteemed Chateau Lafite-Rothschild. His father, one of the very first international flying winemakers’, chose Australia as the future – now established at Dominique Portet Winery in the Yarra Valley. This is where Tom refined his wine making and business foundations.
Studies in Agricultural Science and Commerce at Melbourne University, built into a world leading MBA from HEC Paris. This was rounded with a practical education making wine in the Rhone Valley, Champagne, Napa Valley and Cognac.
"LEVERAGE OUR EXPERTISE AND CAPABILITIES IN WINE BRAND STRATEGY, EXPORTS, WINERY ESTABLISHMENT & BEST PRACTICES IN ROUTE TO MARKET "
Tom became the European Winemaker & Ambassador for Penfolds, Beringer and Wynns and is certified teacher of the Wine & Sprit’s Education Trust (WSET).
After a decade in Europe, he returned to Australia via the Global Strategy team of Pernod-Ricard, later becoming Head of Fine Wine for the Endeavour Drinks Group (Dan Murphy’s & Langton’s) - immersed in sourcing then selling premium wines for largest retailer in the southern hemisphere.
He now calls the Mornington Peninsula home, where a discreet retail arm conceals this wine industry services and skills – Bordeaux Buyer for Prince Wine Store, Wine List Advisor for Sorrento Boat Club & Export’s for Australian First Growths.