RPL Wines


RPL stands for Rob, Pettina and Lucy – the three people behind RPL wines.

ROB – is our winemaker, after 14 years in the mining industry as an underground surveyor, he decided to swap the mines for wines. He studied Wine Science at Charles Sturt University whilst working in Western Australia at the Porongurups and then at Cape Mentelle in Margaret River. We made the move east in 2009 (two weeks before black Saturday) and Rob was working in the cellar at Sticks Winery in the Yarra Valley when he finished his Winemaking degree.

A friend of ours told us about a vineyard that was up for auction at Locksley in the Strathbogie Ranges and we have been at “Bald Rock” ever since. Rob is working as a winemaker at Elgo winery and his spare time is spent in the vineyard.

PETTINA – is a Nurse Practitioner working at the Seymour Hospital. She is chief vintage cook and washer woman who occasionally does some wire lifting, de-suckering and picking when required. Apparently she is in charge of marketing and sales due to the fact that she talks so much? Mostly she enjoys the fruits of our labour on warm summer evenings out on the deck or by the fire in winter.

LUCY – is a vintage child as she was born in April 2006 – she still laments the fact that we are always busy around her birthday. She goes to school in Euroa and reluctantly helps out in the vineyard when really bribed.

TONKA – is our vineyard dog – he doesn’t get a mention in our business name but is still very much a part of the process. He chases the motorbike, swims in the irrigation dam and eats the fruit off the vines when it is ready.

TILDY – is the not so new addition to the vineyard family. She still doesn’t work yet…tildy