Natasha studied Oenology at Roseworthy University in Adelaide, South Australia. After graduating in 1992 she spent a year working for Rosemount Estate focusing on their premium Chardonnay blends in both the Hunter Valley and McLaren Vale. This was a great opportunity for Natasha to learn about Chardonnay with Phillip Shaw, regarded as one of Australia's most interesting Chardonnay producers.
Natasha then travelled overseas to broaden her knowledge and explore different wine regions. On her travels she vintaged in the cool climate region of Oregon USA, and furthered her knowledge of Chardonnay. In late 1994, Natasha returned home and started a two-year graduate program with Penfold's wines. During this time, she was able to work in both red and white wine facilities in the Barossa and other regions. She finished her two years at Lindemans in Mildura where she was winemaker for a 15,000 tonne winery. At Lindemans, Natasha became an expert in quality control and process flow.
In 1997, Natasha became the winemaker and manager at Barossa valley Estate. During the four years that followed, Natasha made premium reds from the Barossa and gained international acclaim. In 1999, her E&E Black Pepper was awarded number 7 in the Top 10 wines from Wine Spectator, the second Australian wine ever to achieve this level of accolade. Then in 2000, Natasha's E&E Black Pepper was awarded 'Best Red Wine in the World' at the IWC show in London.
In 2001, Natasha took some time off from winemaking to raise her two young children, returning in 2003 to embark upon a new project with two partners selling wine to the UK under a brand called Next Generation Wines. The venture was and continues to be extremely successful and gave way to a high end brand called Fox Gordon wines.
In 2005, Natasha started her own business called Natasha Mooney Wine Architect. She now consults to wineries in Australia and also internationally and is viewed in the highest regard as a true expert in her field.
Natasha is an invaluable asset and we are delighted and very proud that she is making our wines.
A Woman's Touch, The Advertiser, 29 August 2009 [2 Mb PDF file]