Mount Pleasant Wines

Our Winemaker

 

“The ability to capture a piece of land and transport its soil and season in a bottle; the ability to keep a bottle for fifty years and on opening it, be instantly transferred through space and time back to that specific piece of land, that year, to the hopes and dreams of the people who made it; the remarkable, magical, travel-in-a-bottle that is wine – these are the things Maurice (O’Shea) loved about wine. They are the immortality of his hands and the patch of land he worked”

CAMPBELL MATTINSON, the wine hunter

Our winemaking philosophy remains now as it was then. Today Adrian Sparks, as only the fifth Chief Winemaker in Mount Pleasant’s long history, upholds our commitment to expressing the beauty and individuality of our unique and historic vineyard sites.

Introducing Adrian Sparks

Chief Winemaker Adrian Sparks is a highly respected and awarded Australian winemaker who has always held a deep appreciation for the Hunter Valley and its extraordinary, unique terroir. With more than 25 years of experience and an innate appreciation for the winemaking’s interplay between art and science, he creates wines that illustrate a true sense of place.

In 2014 he joined the Mount Pleasant winemaking team and in 2018 was promoted to the position of Chief Winemaker. As only the fifth Chief Winemaker in Mount Pleasant’s long history, Adrian upholds our commitment to expressing the beauty and individuality of our unique and historic vineyard sites. Creating with every vintage, wines of longevity, elegance and balance, that capture an honest, true story of place and time long after they’ve been bottled.

“What we have here at our disposal are some of the greatest vineyards in the world. It is our role to take 12 months of what mother nature has provided, and transport it into a bottle, in the most perfect condition. Art and science combine, allowing this bottle to sit at your table, providing joy, discussion, history and a wonderful story.”

ADRIAN SPARKS, CHIEF WINEMAKER