The Journey – Jokers making serious wine
Due Jolly (Italian for ‘two jokers’) commenced with the 2006 vintage in a humble winery situated in buildings formerly used for fruit packing. The name was chosen to reflect our attitude towards making wine, in that while the wines may be serious we can have fun in their making.
Our winery focuses purely on the production of wines. For grapes we rely upon our friendships with owners of small vineyards. These are located throughout the South West allowing us to choose grape varieties that have been grown in their ideal climate. Our growers are acknowledged on the back label of each of our wines.
Our production capacity is a maximum of around 25 tonnes of grapes per year, but typically we only process half this amount as we prefer to concentrate on quality. We believe that traditional methods produce food friendly wines that we strive for, which is fortunate as our modest budget did not allow the purchase of fancy equipment.
Our distinctive livery, developed by Andrew Stumpfel and Ursula Shaw, utilises the joker theme and was the final stage in tying together attitudes, methods and ethos.
Rob is Due Jolly’s wine maker and directs the operations of the winery. He has been fermenting since high school, starting with a mulberry wine that had a remarkable resemblance to Cinzano!
The current obsession started with brewing beer in his shed. Shortcuts were not an option and full mash from grains was the way to go. Some surplus grapes from a friend’s vineyard proved that wine making wasn’t as easy as it looked and was soon followed by the purchase of a wine making textbook. Rob’s library continues to grow and provides the technical basis for the company.
Success at amateur wine shows lead to larger, and larger production and soon the garage was no longer big enough.
Andrew likes photography and long walks along the beach. Will travel long distances in the pursuit of the perfect cup of coffee.
It’s often said that when the going gets tough, the tough get going. Paul is often missing in action and is rarely seen.