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. Graduating from Roseworthy College, David became head winemaker for Rothbury Estate by 21 and between vintages in Australia was one of the brat pack ‘Flying Winemakers’ who cheekily taught the French modern winemaking. Moving back to Mudgee to construct his own winery on Tinja, David completed his first vintage at ‘Lowe Wines’ in 2000. Constantly working with quality in mind, David converted operations at Tinja to certified organic in 2005 & biodynamics in 2011.
Known for his icon wine, Zinfandel, David also remains an industry leader in preservative free wines, such as our Bio-logicial PF Shiraz, as well as his gusty, quartz loving Shiraz such as Block 5. Today, alongside his usual winemaking & directing roles, you will find David out in our vineyards, working directly with the land as our vineyard manager to ensure we are producing the best quality fruit, in the most environmentally conscious way possible. Loving getting his hands dirty, David has just overseen the planting of our newest ‘Latin Quarter’ vineyard which is set to be the next evolution of wines from Lowe.
Over the years 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. Kicking off his long history with Zinfandel, David’s 2003 Zinfandel was awarded best Zinfandel at the International Wine Challenge, and his 2009 Zinfandel took out the Best Organic Wine at both the NSW Wine Awards and at the Australian & NZ Organic Wine Awards.