Wine Making Process
Director – Joanne Bradbury
Joanne is a Director and co-owner of 3drops and was responsible for the development of the 3drops brand in conjunction with REB design. She works closely with winemaker, Rob Diletti and viticulturist, Ray Williams in planning the 3drops wine styles. She is also responsible for the marketing and day to day administration of the 3drops business.
Joanne works closely with 3drops’ Australian Distributors; In Cantina and Bacchus Wine Merchants, as well as 3drops agents in, Singapore, South Korea and China. She regularly hosts 3drops dinners, tastings and other food and wine events involving local media personalities and celebrity chefs.
Joanne has been a member of the Wine Show of Western Australia Committee since 2009 and in November 2012 was appointed the Committee Chair. In 2012 she fulfilled the role of the Chief Steward for the Show and is also currently responsible for the events management for the Wine Show Awards Dinner and consumer Top 50 tasting.
As a Board member of the Great Southern Wine Producers since 2010 and as the current Vice Chair, Joanne is involved in the development of local, national and International marketing strategies for the Great Southern Wine region. She regularly organizes a number of food and wine events for Great Southern Wine Producers.
Joanne was formerly an Occupational Therapist and Occupational Health and Safety Consultant where she specialized in injury management, workers compensation, rehabilitation case management and development of employment opportunities for people with disabilities.
Winemaker – Rob Diletti
Rob’s wine grew up at his family vineyard, Castle Rock Estate. This gave him a great understanding of grape quality and he is of the firm belief that wine quality is made in the vineyard. “I just convey that quality into the wine.”
After leaving school, he began the formal part of his education, enrolling in the winemaking course at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga. For the last two years of his degree, he studied part time, and worked in the Eden Valley, gaining invaluable experience. He was assistant winemaker at another Great Southern vineyard for two years, before returning to the two hundred tonne winery he helped design – which is where he makes 3drops wine with the same attention to detail he gives to his family wine label.
Rob, in his role as 3drops winemaker, is making wines that are fruit driven, balanced and approachable, but yet have the abilty to age and develop. Rob has had many successes in wine shows around Australia and the wines he makes receive favourable comments by many of the nation’s top wine writers and critics.
Rob has been recently awarded James Haliday’s inaugral ‘Winemaker of the Year’ for 2015.
Viticulturist – Ray Williams
Ray Williams has been managing vineyards in the Mount Barker region since January 1995. Ray is a vineyard specialist with over 20 years experience in the Western Australian Wine Industry. Ray’s business, Mount Barker Viticultural Developers, has expanded over the years to include the development and year round management of vineyards.
Ray was responsible for the design and planting of the 3drops vineyard in 1999 and he continues to undertake all of the viticulture at both the 3drops vineyard and the more recently acquired Patterson’s vineyard. Ray makes ongoing decisions in the vineyard with regard to pruning techniques, crop levels, leaf plucking, irrigation and harvesting, to maximize fruit quality. Ray also undertakes the mangement of the 3drops olive grove.