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Curly Flat, located in Lancefield 60 minutes from Melbourne was established in 1989 by Jenifer Kolkka and Phillip Moraghan. From the outset, they had a clear focus on vinifying world-class cool-climate Pinot Noir & Chardonnay. With a total 33 acres of hand tended vines, they and the Curly Flat team were committed to creating world-class wines that are an expression of both site and variety.
Jenifer and Phillip were determined to build quality in every aspect of their operation and they poured every resource into their 'baby', Curly Flat without compromise in the pursuit of excellence in wine quality with little or no regard to short-term or even medium-term return on investment.
This no-compromise approach that has been vital to the Curly Flat ethos, was largely driven by the fact that Jeni, with her high-level finance background which began with Bankers Trust and Chase Manhattan during the 80's, was working in New York in 1996 as Vice President in Asset Finance with Citibank then moving to Allco Finance in 1998 which saw Jeni commuting across the Pacific until 2004 to support the shared vision of the nascent vineyard and winery back in Australia. As they say, nothing good comes easy as Jeni was working up to 100 hours a week! Since 2004 Jeni sole focus has been driving brand Curly Flat while overseeing total business administration. As of late October 2017, Curly Flat is now owned and operated by Jenifer Kolkka along with Matt Harrop (ex Shadowfax) joining the team as Chief Winemaker to oversee the grape and wine production alongside our existing skilled team.
The Curly Flat team have interesting and diverse backgrounds along to accompany the great knowledge they have acquired over many vintages in the vineyard and the winery. Our vineyard team consist of Robert Kolkka a highly skilled carpenter by trade, Lisa Kimmorley, a business analyst with a degree in communications, Damien Hall a background in Aquaculture, Chris McKinley a champion dog breeder, Chris Dunn with great hospitality skills, Todd Petit an experienced Chef. Our winery team lead by Matt Harrop is chiefly assisted by Ben Kimmorley along with Brandon Kolkka who both have hospitality and wine industry experience. And not to forget our great office team consisting of Stacey, Briley and Viv who provide great service to each of our valued customers. Interestingly, the average length of service of the vineyard team is more than ten years – most unusual, yet highly valued.
The overall combining thread is that everyone, whether they be in the vineyard, winery or office, are focused on delivering the best wines possible from our carefully selected and nurtured site.
Also, a special mention to the late Laurie Williams the renowned Macedon Ranges pioneer of Flynn and Williams who was a mentor for the Curly Flat team in the early days of establishing the vineyard and greatly influenced their early grape growing experiences. Thank you Laurie!