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Patrick Tocaciu was a man who loved good food and great friendships – a true South Australian who enjoyed a laugh and a lark. He was also a very successful and well respected chief winemaker boasting a decorated career spanning more than three decades.
Born in Mount Gambier, in 1969 Pat moved to Adelaide to play football for the North Adelaide Football Club. After studying Oenology at Roseworthy, Patrick’s winemaking career commenced in the Barossa Valley, with Tollana Wines.
Patrick’s extensive knowledge and skills cemented his fine reputation for quality and helped secure international accolades for several major labels while working for them as Chief Winemaker. These included Tollana, Penfolds, Hollick Wines, Heathfield Ridge and DiGiorgio Family Wines. The focus then switched to fulfilling a more personal goal in establishing his family vineyards located at Coonawarra and Wrattonbully, creating his own wine label and opening the Patrick of Coonawarra cellar door in 2004.
Patrick sadly passed away in 2013 and will be remembered for his larger than life personality and as an influential winemaker in the history of the Australian Wine Industry. His legacy and passion lives on in the wines he made and the company that he founded.
After graduating from the University of Adelaide with a degree in Oenology and completing vintages in the Clare Valley, the Barossa Valley, Coonawarra and the USA’s Sonoma Valley, Luke is glad to be home carrying on the legacy and tradition of the family business.
Luke has already made his mark on the company, securing several trophies, medals and praise from consumers. Luke is a part of the emerging generation of ‘young gun’ winemakers, demonstrating an ability to adapt to new age trends and consumer demand for his wines.
“I’m really proud to be carrying on the family tradition whilst at the same time, having the opportunity to express myself and think outside the square with regard to winemaking."