Timo Mayer grew up in Germany, surrounded by all things grape and wine. His family have been making wine for more than four hundred years near Stuttgart in the Württemberg region. This is a highly traditional wine region, filled with many small growers. Four-in-five of these growers look after less than one hectare of vines. As a result, around 80% of the harvest is processed in the region’s cooperative cellars. After a few years of knocking around the world working in hospitality, Timo ended up in Australia. Along the way he met his wife Rhonda in Florida and they spent a few more years ‘bumming around’ in tropical climes like Cairns in far north Queensland.While Timo had run away from a life in wine in Germany he was still interested in the vine and making wine. Moving to Melbourne meant that Timo had the choice of two amazing wine regions to call home, the Mornington Peninsula and Yarra Valley. Timo visited both but fell hard for the Yarra Valley, beginning a love affair that is still going strong to this day.