Chris Loxton is an Australian ex-physicist who "left the bright lights of physics to make wine." He a very interesting fellow, and is the owner of Loxton Cellars.
He took time out of his busy day to show us around and share his philosophies on wine and life. Loxton is a small company, only himself and two others, and he prefers to keep it that way. Attention to detail is paramount to great wine, and that will suffer if the company grows too large. Also, if the company was much bigger, he wouldn't have the time to hand-prune and hand-sort the vines and grapes, as he likes to do.
He taught us about grape growing, where it all begins. He showed us how the grapes are gently picked and crushed. He stressed the importance of working with what you've got and playing to natural strengths, rather than straining against them. He shared these lessons, personal tricks, and much more as we strolled through his vineyard like old friends.
We went inside the tasting room laughing and full of knowledge. We left full of wine.