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Meet Simon of Cloudbreak Winery


How long have you been making wine?

20 Years


How did you get into the industry?

I took a job working in the cellars of Petaluma Winery whilst finishing a degree in Philosophy at Flinders University.


What path led you to wine making?

No jobs in Philosophy.  I am a practical person with a love of making things in general.  Last year I started making a wooden boat in the cellar door. 


Which wine are you proudest of? 

A method traditional sparkling rose which is made from start to finish in the winery named "la Rosebelle" after my daughter Annabel Rose.


Which is your most popular wine? 

Cloudbreak Wines Pinot Gris.


Why do you think people like it? 

There are ten vintages of this wine produced now and we have had always been successful with it.  I think the Cloudbreak Vineyard produces some great fruit.


What special techniques do you use to make your wine unique? 

I imported a special press from France which gives us the flexibility to produce many different wine styles including an ice pressed late harvest Gewurztraminer this year which is similar to the ice wines of Canada and Germany.


Where do you source your fruit? 

We get fruit for the Simon Greenleaf Brand from all over.  There are a couple of Lobethal growers David Coulter who grows great Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris and Mike Sparrow who grows exceptional quality Italian varietal grapes for our Italian Range.  Our Cloudbreak Wines fruit comes from a single vineyard on Swamp Rd Lenswood.  Which was planted in 1998 by my Family and Cloudbreak  co-owner Will Finlayson who works for Petaluma.


Have you ever made a wine that surprised you in your career? 

I am constantly surprised.  Winemaking is a very natural process which is never mastered by anyone.


What is the next big thing in wine? 

2010 Simon Greenleaf Lobethal Winery Dolcetto. 


Describe your biggest market (demographics?) for your wine. 

Adelaide has been very good to us in the restaurant scene.  I believe we have a product for everyone right down to our cleanskin six pack which can be purchased from me at the winery any week day and ordered through Jo at the Amberlight Deli.


When is the winery open for tastings? 

I can be found at the winery most week days and starting soon I will be doing a regular "Lunch With the Winemaker" on Fridays.  Contact Simon Greenleaf 0431 245 668 for bookings and expressions of interest.


Does it have a website for online purchases? 

Wine can be ordered by contacting me through the website


Cloudbreak Winery can be found at the corner of Main Street and Adelaide-Lobethal Road, Lobethal, in the old Onkaparinga Woollen Mill complex.


Simon can be contacted on 0431 245 668.