Australia is known for flying winemakers and flying doctors. It also has a distinguished tradition of high-flying winemaker doctors: from early settlers Dr Christopher Penfold and Dr Henry Lindeman whose names live on in famous wine estates, to Margaret River’s modern pioneers, Drs Cullity (Vasse Felix), Cullen (Cullen) Pannell (Moss Wood) and others.
And Dr Richard McIntyre of Moorooduc Estate, who planted one of Mornington Peninsula’s earliest vineyards in 1983 and is today known for being at the forefront of cool-climate viticulture.
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Pragmatism brought McIntyre to Victoria’s southernmost maritime region. Being within an hour’s drive of Melbourne allowed the avid collector of Australian wine to pursue (and self-finance) a desire to make wine, while still practising surgery.