Meet the Winemaker (Episode 82): Janice McDonald, Stella Bella
Inspired by a 15th century french monk, a nautical term and the Italian star scape, Janice MacDonald, former winemaker of Stella Bella, and her team produce a range of wines under the unusual names, ‘Suckfizzle’, ‘Scuttlebutt’ and ‘Stella Bella’.
Crafted in the famous Margaret River region in Australia, Stella Bella Wines began in 1999 with the release of the single vineyard Suckfizzle Sauvignon Blanc Semillon. The first Stella Bella wine, a Moscato style Pink Muscat followed in 2000.
Influenced by Italian wines, in both style and name, Janice explains that their business has been a labour of love from the beginning with them working hard to produce unique wines of great expression and personality. Things have certainly come a long way since their humble beginnings and today Stella Bella have received critical acclaim and gained a strong reputation for producing a range of individual crafted quality wines.