Meet the Winemaker (Episode 105): Conor Martin, Clairault
Debra meets Conor Martin of Clairault in Australia’s Margaret River, one of the region’s oldest wineries, established in 1976. As a family owned and run winery, Debra gets the lowdown on exactly which of the three brothers does the “hardest” work (dirt or desk?), as well as discussing the challenges of brand building and differentiation in the Australian wine industry, for both Margaret River (which is not the typical “grand Australia” wine region) and Clairault.
Conor explains the origins of Margaret River as a wine region, as well as the similarities of the region’s terrior to Bordeaux, and what that means for the varietals which thrive there. Finally, Conor lets Debra in on his favourite place to drink wine.