The Macdonald Family
Finance, Distribution & Boss
The "get things done" kinda guy who leads from the front to inspire and modivate our family to create the wine we are so proud to share.Planting a vineyard was a trial by fire decision that he embraced and thrived on. Focusing on planting varieties that he and Chris were passionate about, Dave absorbed information and knowledge from friends, neighbours and industry professionals. Over time, he has passed this knowledge of the land down to Blair.
Dave's passion for music is famous for getting people dancing and creating memories around the dinner table.
Dave's fav wine pairing: Rosé with anything.
Sales, Logistic & Exports
Most call her Chris, close call her Chrissy but Mr. Pat Mac just calls her Issy. Upon realizing the wide world of wine, Chris had a dream to watch the sunset over their own vineyard with a platter and a glass of wine that she and Dave had worked so hard for - built from the soil up - maximizing the reward for such efforts. In striving for this dream, Bladen have keep focus on beautiful, low yielding crops that transpire into elegant wine. Her soul really shines in the kitchen where she has been feeding our family and friends with masterpieces and pairing them with beautiful wine.
Chris' fav wine pairing:A soft blue and Gewürztraminer.
Viticulture, Cellar & Tech
Blair has passion for sunshine, music and all things boozy - a quintessential Marlburian. Blair was only a year old on his first day in the vineyard. He wasn’t even as tall as the fruiting wire - perfect for bud rubbing! 30 something years down the track and he is tending the same vines his Mum and Dad planted when they were the same age. His own son, Mr Pat Mac is a year old now and getting ready for bud rubbing season - full circle! Like Deni, he also felt the need to explore the wider world, in particular the recording industry. 8 years of work in studio and live sound successfully quenched his thirst for his creative passion but also helped him realise his desire to be working outside and helping continue the dream that his folks started. Returning home, Blair looks after the vineyard and enjoys giving our winemaker a hand if he wants it. We like to call his role “vine to bottle”.
Favorite match: Eight Rows Rieslings with local Blue Cod & Chips.
Marketing, Relations & Cellar