Huon Valley is in southern Tasmania, south of Hobart and named for the Huon River. The area has a cool climate with a high amount of sunshine hours, which make it a perfect region for the production of complex, high-quality Chardonnay- and Pinot Noir-based wines in particular.
We are family at CellarHand. So much of the growth of the portfolio – and the strength, character and fun of the enterprise – has come from deepening and extending roots that are planted firmly in existing, evolving friendships.
Such is the case with this new member of the band, Marco Lubiana. His parents Steve and Monique joined the CellarHand fold back in 2007. It was when the shift to biodynamic viticulture was about to take hold on their estate in Granton, a move that would make them the sole certified-organic grower on the island for some years. The Lubianas’ blend of earthy, laidback farming and focused, principled determination impressed us then, and that pioneering sense of nature-first has propelled their wines – from sparkling through aromatics to the Burgundy varieties – firmly into Australia’s top tier. And they’re tied, crucially, to an acute sense of aesthetic, taste, structure and texture. In other words, wines grown by lovers of wine. And this is all hyper-relevant to Marco, who’s cut from the same cloth but with, of course, a new sensibility and a different vineyard and pocket of Tasmania to express. His debut from the Lucillle Vineyard in southern Tasmania's Huon Valley is both a statement of intent, and a sign of exciting things to come.