Accept what life offers you and try to drink from every cup. All wines should be tasted; some should only be sipped, but with others, drink the whole bottle.
Paulo Coelho, 17 September 2016
I imagine as has been the case for many people, Paulo Coelho played an influential part in my decision to walk the Camino in 2015. Certainly not the influence, but an influence all the same. So when I came across this quite recent quote from him it seemed very fitting, drawing a connection between the Camino and one of my life's greatest exploits and resultant achievements, and his underlying words to at least give everything a go once, and finally of course, wine. I couldn't go past it. Coelho's words talk to me of another aspect of life's journey, and into that broader journey I need to weave the more specific journey which has led to to creation of Crofamiul Wines. (A question we often receive is "where did the name come from, and what does the word crofamiul actually mean?" Well, there's a story, which perhaps we could tell over a glass of Crofamiul wine one day.)
Back to the journey. It started with a chance meeting with winemaker Marius Mencel of Purple Feet outside the Dunsborough, WA post office in late 2020. Marius excitedly told me of his garagista wine project, and invited me to be part of it. To be honest, at first I didn't quite know what he was telling me.
But just a few weeks later, along with friend Ian Hobson, I was standing in Marius's private and quite exclusive winery in Quedjinup sampling some of his 2020 vintage wines, and therein started the journey proper. Over a few weeks in April 2021, with my wife Janet and syndicate partners Ian, Dave Andrew and Duncan Clegg present at various stages, the journey involved harvest, de-stemming, transportation and crushing, and lastly of course an initial sampling. Crofamiul Wines was truly born.
Crofamiul Wines' 2021 Wilyabrup Old Vine Cabernet was bottled on Sunday 27th March,2022, and will be first available for drinking later in 2022. We look forward to sharing a bottle with you.
Our 2022 Wilyabrup Cabernet was picked on Friday 1st April (hopefully not an April Fools joke).
Crofamiul Wines are indeed not formulaic, but lovingly crafted in order to produce a memorable experience at every stage of their own journey.
Crofamiul Wines; nothing formulaic about them.