Born in post-war country South Australia, as a young boy Don would ride the family’s clydesdale bare back after school to help his father in the vineyard. He spent alot of time playing with his brother Morris, sister Robyn, and cousins Andrew, Rick & Stuart, as they all grew up on the Taranga farm together. Don reckons that growing up on a farm was one of the best upbringings a kid could wish for- always something happening and always plenty of space to play.
Like his father and grandfather, he is also an avid sportsman and played for the local footy, golf and cricket teams, coaching McLaren Vale to back-to-back football premierships in 1980/81. Oliver’s Taranga are sponsors of the local McLaren Vale football, netball and cricket clubs to this day.
Don studied the first Certificate of Agriculture at Urrbrae College and his continued viticultural work saw him receive the inaugural McLaren Vale Grape Growers Association ‘Viticulturalist of the Year’ Award. Don is a man of few words unless absolutely necessary, straight up and down like the rows of vines he keeps an eye on every day.
Margie is our accounts legend, doting grandma to Asher & Logan, and the glue that keeps the whole place running smoothly.