De Bortoli Estate Grown Pinot Noir 2005 Yarra Valley, Australia Winery Profile Established in 1928 by Vittorio & Giuseppina De Bortoli, the De Bortoli vineyards grew considerably under the guise of their son Deen De Bortoli, and are now one of the largest family-owned wineries in Australia. The third generation of winemakers, Darren De Bortoli and his brother-in-law Steve Webber have also put their stamp on the company. Darren is the creator of the acclaimed Noble One dessert wine and Steve recently was named by Gourmet Traveler Wine magazine “2007 Winemaker of the Year.” The consistently high quality with De Bortoli wines is extraordinary considering their size and vast range. Even more commendable is their commitment to sustainable vineyard practices and a genuine concern for the environment. Of particular merit are their Yarra Valley Pinot Noir, under the guidance of talented young winemaker Bill Downie, who was named Young Winemaker of the Year 2006, and is known for his obsession with the Pinot Noir grape.