Meet the Winemaker (Episode 104): Cliff Royle, Flametree
Debra catches up with Flametree Wines’ General Manager and Chief Winemaker, Cliff Royle, who left the famed Voyager Estate after 12 years to start his own winery. He explains to Debra the differences in making wine for your own company, as well as the new challenges of managing people as well as grapes. Debra discovers the very first vintage for Flametree Wines – the 2010 – and is shocked at the vast portfolio they’ve produced for such a young winery, as well as just how long vintage takes with so many varietals in their vineyards.
To conclude, Cliff gives Debra the lowdown on starting a winery and how anyone up for the challenge should expect not to see very much of either their family or their money for quite some time.