By Emilie Reynolds
JOSEPHINE Perry is the real deal. At just 36 years of age the Margaret River local has built a career which spans five countries, 10 regions and dozens of vintages. The award winner, dual business owner and organic wine advocate has been described as ‘so ahead of the curve’ with the release of her own natural wine label ‘Dormilona’. Although the Spanish word translates to ‘lazy bones’, Perry’s impressive career would lend one to believe she is anything but.
Her journey into winemaking has a heart-warming influence from a grandparent. At just 14 years of age, a young Perry had her working life set for success thanks to the keen interest of a Swan Hill brewer Oliver Hines, who also happened to be her grandfather. While Perry grappled with what she wanted to do when she grew up, her grandfather imparted some wise words of advice. “He sat me down one day and got me to write down the things I liked doing and told me he’d look into it. The next week I visited he told me he had worked it all out, and I should be a winemaker,” Perry recalled.
Her grandfather wasted no time in propelling Perry into her future career, organising some hands on experience in a nearby vineyard. “He put my name down with Cape Mentelle to help with vintage as part of my work experience when I was 14,” Perry said. “That was that. I never thought of doing anything else.”
Or perhaps she didn’t have time to think of anything else. Continue reading