Lowe Family Wine Co - About LFWC
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A lifetimes dedication to food & wine

Lowe Family Wine Co is a reflection of David Lowe and Kim Currie’s dedication to their crafts. Made up of Lowe Wines, Zin House and The Pavilion, LFWC’s focus is on providing premium regional food, wine & experiences here in Mudgee, NSW.

 

Alongside David and Kim lies a team of exceptional people we like to call the ‘Tinja Team’. With over 30 people working across the vineyards, gardens, kitchens, winery and office, each person plays an essential role in creating the ultimate Lowe Family Wine Co experience.

Our People

About David & Kim

David Lowe

David has only ever wanted to be a winemaker, and to this day, that is what he does. Having helped his father plant the first vines on the Tinja property in ‘73, David went on to forge his own name in the winemaking industry. Following graduation from the prestigious Roseworthy college he became head winemaker for Rothbury Estate at 21 years of age. Between vintages working in the Hunter Valley under winemaking legends, David was one of the brat pack “Flying Winemakers” who cheekily taught the French modern winemaking. 

 

Moving back to Mudgee, David completed his first vintage as CEO and head winemaker of Lowe Wines in his newly constructed winery in 2000. Within a few short years his 2003 Zinfandel was awarded best of it’s kind at the International Wine Challenge.

 

A highly recognised figure in the Australian wine industry David has held various prestigious positions, including Vice President of the Winemakers’ Federation of Australia 2011 – 2015, President of the New South Wales Wine Industry Association 2008 – 2014, and President of the Mudgee Wine Grape Growers Association 2005 – 2011.

 

In 2013 the NSW Minister for Agriculture awarded David the Graham Gregory Award for his contribution to the NSW Wine Industry and in February 2014 he was awarded the Wine Communicators of Australia’s Legend of the Vine Award.

Kim Currie

Kim has championed NSW regional dining and food for more than three decades with produce and producers always the central focus. Moving from New Zealand to Australia in 1982 Kim found herself in regional NSW, beginning her long history across the region. 

 

This includes establishing Farmers Markets in Orange, Mudgee, Bathurst and Cowra, as well as her own restaurant & eateries including The Rylstone Food Store and Bridge View Inn. 

 

In 2006 Kim moved to Orange to begin work as executive of Brand Orange, helping to build and solidify that region’s reputation as a wine and food leader. In 2011 Kim made the final move back to Mudgee, working to create and expand the food & wine offerings at Lowe, followed by opening The Zin House in 2014. During 2011 – 2016 Kim also served as Chair of Fine Foods whilst a NSW Royal Agricultural Society councilor.

 

Career acknowledgements include the Maggie Beer award for Outstanding Contribution to Australian Food in 2005, Jaguar Awards for Excellence in Innovation & Travel 2001 (Central Ranges Food & Wine), Winner of NSW Rural Woman of the Year in 2009 and induction into the Sydney Morning Herald Food Hall of Fame in 2011. 

About Paul & Nathaniel

Paul Martung

Paul gained his winemaking degree from École de viticulture et d’oenologie de La Tour Blanche in Sauternes France. He completed his 2 year internship at La Tour Blanche while working at the renowned Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte in Bordeaux, for the ‘11 – ‘13 vintages.

 

Following this Paul gained various work experience from the likes of Porto Cruz in Portugal and Domaine de l’Herré in Côtes de Gascogne. During 2015 – 2017 Paul travelled to Australia, gaining experience in small batch winemaking with Rikard Wines in Orange, and from where he was introduced to David.

 

In 2017, after achieving several vintages, he returned to Australia to join the Lowe Wines family, working alongside David Lowe as winemaker.

Nathaniel Destefano

A Mudgee born local, Nathaniel gained his culinary qualifications in the area before heading overseas to eat and work his way across Europe. Fresh off this experience Nathaniel moved to Melbourne where he began rising through the ranks in some of the country’s top restaurants.

 

From the bottom Nathaniel rose to work directly under George Calombaris as sous chef at Gazi, then as sous chef of the 2 hatted Press Club. Following more international travel, this time accompanied by Calombaris, Nathaniel established his own concept restaurant ‘Vita Ristorante’ under Calombaris.

 

In 2020 Nathaniel took the leap back to his hometown to take on the role of head chef at Zin House, where his food continues Zin’s guiding principles, balanced with a refined and technique driven approach.

Lowe Wines

Founded by David Lowe in 2000 on the ‘Tinja’ property, Lowe Wines produces premium small batch wines from our certified organic and biodynamic vineyards, winery and farm in Mudgee NSW.

 

Our wines are a direct reflection of how we grow our grapes – from Organic & Biodynamic Vineyards that are unirrigated and untrellised, with each wine speaking distinctly of the individual terroir, vintage and region.

 

The Lowe Cellar Door is open daily for wine tastings and regional platters, a visit is the best way for you to explore our range of wines, learn the stories behind them and meet the winemakers.

Established
2000

Winery construction is finished & first vintage lead by David undertaken.

Organic certified
2005

All processes move to organics in 2003, gaining certification two years later.

Best Zinfandel
2005

David's 2003 Zinfandel wins best of it's kind at the '05 International Wine Challenge.

Paul Joins
2017

Paul Martung joins the Lowe family as winemaker, working alongside David.

The Philosophy

We make our wines using small batch slow winemaking - put simply this is about doing things by hand to ensure the quality of the product. We start by growing the best possible grapes using organic & biodynamic practices. Then combine traditional winemaking techniques like open fermenters and amphoras, with innovative design such as preservative free wines.
– David Lowe

The Zin House

The regional restaurant & food gardens were established by Kim Currie in the modern farmhouse adjacent to Lowe Wines in 2014. Specialising in long lunch & dinners, the set menu restaurant sets a benchmark for regional dining.

 

The Permaculture & Market Gardens welcome you on arrival, and form the basis of the experience at Zin. Head chef Nathaniel Destefano balances Zin’s guiding principles with a refined technique driven approach.

 

The Dining Experience at Zin is one to take your time with, we never double seat tables, so you can unwind, wonder between courses and soak up the flavours.

Established
2014

Kim opens Zin House and establishes the first of the food gardens surround the restaurant.

First Hat
2015

In it's second year Zin gains One Chefs Hat from SMH, which is has held every year since.

Expanded gardens
2019

Zin's permaculture garden patches expand to include larger market gardens.

Nathaniel Joins
2020

Nathaniel Destefano brings his influence to Zin as he takes on the head chef role.

The Philosophy

The guiding principles of Zin are quality, generosity and authenticity. We produce food that tastes of where we live, prepared from scratch using what we and our neighbours grow. The dining experience is designed to reflect things we hold dear – taking time over good food and wine with those we care about, service that is warm and personable but not obtrusive, comforts with a little luxury and never ever having a time limit on your table.
– Kim Currie

The Pavilion at Lowe

A custom designed marquee overlooking the water & vineyards to the Mudgee hills, specialising in weddings and events with food by the Zin team.

 

Showcasing the best of Mudgee in one venue, The Pavilion was designed with weddings and functions in mind. Lying between Lowe Cellar Door and The Zin House it boasts the best views on the property, with lush sloping lawns overlooking the Tinja dam and vineyards.

 

Fully customisable for any occasion, the star gazing roof and opening side walls allow the space to flow seamlessly into the outdoors. With an open plan layout, The Pavilion seats up to 200 people for dinner and up to 250 for cocktails.

 

The Zin team can provide a range of catering packages to suit the individual, as well as different wine packages from Lowe.

Designed
2018

Kim finishes the final design of the marquee and it's fabrication is started in her NZ home town.

Constructed
2019

The Pavilion is constructed and installed by the talented teams of Ben Kubowicz and Clancy Currie.

Bush Chapel
2020

The Bush Chapel construction is finished and the first ceremony conducted under it's new roof.

Terrace Expanded
2020

The terrace at Lowe Cellar Door is extended, opening space between the two venues.