This is Rob Currell, he's been working at the Cellar Door at Juniper Estate since February 2017.
Rob was working in Leonora at a gold mine during the late 90s. When the price of gold dropped and the mine closed, Rob picked up a job behind the bar at the Margaret River Hotel. After working in a few bars, including Wino's, now Swings Tap House, his passion for wine landed him a job at Juniper.
Rob's favourite varietal is Riesling, and he would love to one day visit Germany, especially Mosel, for the fantastic Riesling.
A lover of nature and the coast, Rob is partial to fresh-shucked oysters (Coffin Bay, Streaky Bay or Tassie) and (you guessed it) a glass of Riesling.
We caught up with Rob and asked him a few questions about working in the Margaret River Wine Region.
What's your favourite varietal and why?
It's a tough call, but I would have to go with Riesling. I love the way it shines in its youth, and the aromatics and texture it develops over time. It is so representative of it's time and place, and reflection of the winemaker that I think it is truly a wine that can offer something to everyone. It was also my first serious love when I started drinking wine (Thank you Pikes).
What's your top tip for visitors to the region?
Take your time. There is so much to see and do that if you try to cram in to much in too short a time you'll only end up missing out. Remember, WA stands for 'Wait Awhile'.
Where is a hidden Gem in the region to visit?
Are there any hidden gems left in Margaret River?! I've always loved nature and exploring. Check out the rock pools along the coast around Yallingup and maybe spot an Occy (watch out for the pretty ones with blue rings). Discover Deadly - A fantastic reptile park in Carbanup and the Boranup Karri Forest.
What makes our region so special?
For me, it's the diversity of people it attracts. In my role in the cellar door I've had the pleasure of meeting and speaking to all kinds of people from all over the world, from farmers to astronomers, and everyone has a story to tell.