Winemaker Robert Mann took the helm of Newton Vineyard as estate director in July 2014. Born into a family with a strong appreciation of wine, Robert is the grandson of Jack Mann MBE – a legendary innovator and character in the Australian wine industry. Rob shares his grandfather’s love of cricket, passion for wild mushroom foraging, and belief that “cabernet sauvignon is the only variety that would be tolerated in heaven”. Robert gained wine industry experience as a young man working in the vineyards and as a cellar hand in the Swan Valley, Barossa Valley and Margaret River. He completed a Bachelor of Agricultural Science, majoring in oenology at the University of Adelaide and has crafted wines at various wineries around Australia, Italy and California. From 2005 to 2014, Robert was senior winemaker and estate director of Cape Mentelle. During his tenure at Cape Mentelle he became widely recognized for his winemaking excellence especially with Cabernet Sauvignon and was twice awarded Producer of the Year as well as Winemaker of the Year by the prestigious West Australian Wine Guide. Newton Vineyard is recognized as an American pioneer of unfiltered wines acclaimed for their exceptional quality. Upon his move from Cape Mentelle to Newton, Robert commented, “I am very pleased to be continuing my exploration of the wonders of Cabernet Sauvignon. Moving from Australia’s most highly regarded Cabernet region of Margaret River to the USA’s most highly regarded Cabernet region Napa Valley presents an amazing opportunity” Robert is no stranger to Napa as he was the harvest chief winemaker with Newton Vineyard for the 2007 vintage. Robert adds, “with Newton’s principle vineyard at Spring Mountain combined with vineyards Mt Veeder, Yountville and Carneros, the opportunity to create truly distinctive and inspiring wines based on the historic pillars of Newton is both unique and exciting.”