For Ella Hoban, White and Sparkling Winemaker at Tintara, choosing a favourite wine is like choosing a favourite child. While she enjoys all wine, she is excited by stand out expressions of all different styles and varietals.

Coming from a family where sharing and enjoying wine was always an important part of family gatherings, Ella’s inspiration to study the industry started from a young age. More professionally, Hoban started winemaking straight out of a Gap Year post Year 12 and says she feels like one of the lucky ones who loved their first choice of degree and had no need to explore other industries.

Since graduating, Hoban gained invaluable experience working vintages in California, Spain, Langhorne Creek and Adelaide Hills and has become an active member in the wine community though her contributions on the Adelaide Hills Wine Show Committee and participation in various tasting groups.

With her determination and drive, Ella soon found herself to be the newest member of the team at Tintara. Here she will be able to showcase her experience beyond her years working on the white and sparkling portfolios for Hardys, House of Arras, Yarra Burn, Leasingham and Tintara – the perfect role for Ella who shows no bias towards a certain varietal.

Being new to the Tintara family means a ‘typical day’ isn’t something Ella can yet describe, but she is looking forward to getting stuck into vintage and learning about new fruit and wines. One of the things she loves most about being a winemaker is the energy of harvest and the necessity to form a team of passionate people and work together to create great wines. She enjoys being able to sit back and share what the team has produced together and see how the wines contribute to the social rituals of others.

When asked what her greatest achievement has been to date, Ella humbly responds, “I hope that my greatest achievement will perpetually be yet to come!”

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