Gippsland, Victoria, Australia
"I used to be a musician... I started making electronic music and then took the step to do everything with analog gear and not use digital gear at all. I guess I've adapted that philosophy to winemaking." - Dane Johns
For more than twenty years before becoming a winemaker in 2013, Dane Johns worked as a barista. This taught him how different aromas and flavours work, and to understand and recognise balance – skills he directly transferred to his winemaking. Dane decided to gain experience by working several vintages – in Australia and Europe, to work with wineries he admired. His passion for winemaking grew, and while he’s working towards planting or owning vineyards, he currently works with growers in Victoria who share his philosophy. He released his first wines under the Momento Mori label – wines that have since been described as being full of character, freshness, purity, and being ‘alive’.
His wife and him started a new vineyard that they own, around their house. What he says about is quite mysterious so far: "The varieties we have at our place are Riesling, Pinot Noir and Gewurztraminer. However the wines will most likely be under a different label, something that expresses this farm and the fact that it is only Hannah and I that tend the vineyards, animals and gardens..." They have also planted a selection of different Italian varieties in their farm to see what grows well there. We're talking grapes like Toreldego, Ribolla Gialla, Greco and Malvasia.