Welcoming Lachie to the Tahbilk Team...
For the last 10 years I’ve worked away to move the environmental dial in the right direction for Tahbilk and I am thrilled to be able to hand over the mantle this year to a younger and equally enthusiastic replacement.
What a great opportunity this is to introduce you to Lachie Thomas, our newest recruit, who has joined the business as Environment & Vineyard Research Analyst.
While we will work very closely together I’m looking forward to Lachie shaking it up in all the right ways. Welcome Lachie!
Hayley Purbrick | 5th Generation
Over to Lachie…
The environmental sector of Tahbilk winery has been under incredible stewardship by Hayley Purbrick over the last decade. Hayley has brought the company into the global spotlight and we are soon to be the world’s third, and Australia’s first, naturally balanced, carbon neutral winery meaning all the carbon dioxide produced in growing the finest grapes and getting our award winning wine to you, is recaptured by the revegetation and environmental works on the Tahbilk Estate. It is truly an honour to be joining the team as we continue to strive towards being one of the highest quality, most sustainable wineries in the world.
Born and bred at the foothills of the Victorian High-Country, the outdoors and the environment have always been front and centre of my attention. At university I studied ecology, and also broadened my horizons by taking on business and entrepreneurial studies. This holistic approach has blended the man-made and natural worlds in a way I believe is key to implementing proper corporate responsibility. 2020 may be a challenging year, but here at Tahbilk, we remain committed to producing incredible wine for you, and caring for the environment for everyone.
I am incredibly excited to be embarking upon this new journey and am throwing all of my energy and passion into this role. Hayley has left some big shoes to fill, but I’m confident that I can take her momentum and achieve some truly great things. From better packaging and less waste, to more solar, there are many works already in the pipeline. Additionally, to let you in on a little secret, there are heaps of revegetation projects being lined up, which may require some helping hands. But I’ll be in touch about that in the future.
I’ll also be working in the vineyard with our head organic viticulturist Richard Flatman, to enhance our practices and conduct industry leading trials. If successful, this research could revolutionise the way vines are grown and managed, so I’ll definitely keep you in the loop about that.
It is a privilege to come to work every day at such a stunning Estate. As you’d know, our historical Cellar Door and incredible Wetlands Restaurant are not to be missed, not to mention the stunning wetlands surrounding the property. So I hope to see you up here, and if you have any ideas you’d like to share, don’t hesitate to let me know.
Lachie Thomas | Environment & Vineyard Research Analyst