Our Winemaker, Andrew Sutherland Smith
1991 saw winemaker Andrew Sutherland Smith and wife, Carol start making wine under the Warrabilla label. The cellar door was opened on its current site west of Rutherglen township, five years later. The current range of wines extends from crisp, elegant Riesling through to robust reds including the iconic Durif and a small selection of high quality fortifieds. Throughout the years, the reputation for producing big, bold reds of structure and balance has grown, while the commitment to quality and the unapologetic approach to flavor remains.
Andrew is a fifth-generation wine maker within the historic Rutherglen wine region. Prior to chasing his dreams of making his own style of wine, Andrew’s family were at the famous All Saints Winery from its conception in 1864. Andrew is a graduate and scholar of Charles Sturt University and has worked extensively throughout the Australian wine industry. Since 1981 he has worked for such companies as Seppelts, Charles Sturt University (as the prestigious Ron Potter Scholar), Yellowglen, Mildura, Stanley, McWilliams and All Saints. Whilst establishing Warrabilla, Andrew also worked and consulted to other wineries throughout North East Victoria.
In 2012 Andrew and Carol’s youngest daughter Amy returned home to join the family business as Assistant Winemaker. She is studying at CSU Wagga and brings the business a young and fresh perspective. As a 6th generation winemaker she is continuing a 150-year-old family tradition.