David trained as a scientist at Monash University. However, his journey to making cool climate wines of excellence goes back to his childhood when his family used to have regular visits to South Australian wineries. David became passionate about Cabernet Sauvignon and after doing a wine course at Charles Sturt University began making Cabernet Sauvignons of excellence in the late 70s in Coonawarra South Australia.
In the early 80’s he tried a 1943 Domaine de la Romanee Conti La Tache and fell in love with the subtle nuances of Pinot Noir. He investigated places to produce Pinot Noir of excellence. Martinborough in New Zealand was studied closely as was Tasmania, the Yarra Valley, Gippsland, Mornington Peninsula and the Adelaide Hills. The search lasted five years and in the meantime David made Pinot Noir for friends in the Yarra Valley as well as consulting to wineries on the Mornington Peninsula. The property now known as Eldridge Estate was planted in 1984 but purchased by David and his late wife Wendy (1954-2014) in April 1995.
The search for a special patch of ground had narrowed to the Mornington Peninsula in 1993 but it took a further 2 years to find a site that faced North, that had the right slope capable of providing the conditions for David to produce the wines of excellence that he sought. David sees this journey as one of learning and evolution and most importantly, listening to what his land tells him.
Daniel immigrated to Australia from Bournemouth in the UK to the Mornington Peninsula in 2006 after working in the sports rehabilitation industry and supporting himself through studies by working in a well known champagne and oyster bar on the outskirts of London. During this time he developed a keen interest in the beverage side of the industry and a fascination with regional food and beverage traditions and production methods.
Daniel caught the wine bug after a few months of living on the Mornington Peninsula and after spending a great deal of time travelling throughout the wine regions of Europe, particularly Italy, France, Spain, Austria & Slovenia, he settled back on the Mornington Peninsula in 2008. He then worked in the local area for 10 years. A passion for wine and the local industry developed and he undertook WSET level 3 in 2009.
He began his studies to become a winemaker after the birth of his daughter in 2013.
Daniel began working at Eldridge Estate in 2014 and seized on the opportunity to assist, learn and be mentored by David Lloyd. Working at Eldridge, he discovered a love for chardonnay and a particular obsession with Mornington Peninsula Chardonnay and White Burgundy. Daniel sees a real link between the delicate fruit of the Burgundy region and David’s approach to producing Chardonnay. Under the guidance of David Lloyd he became totally obsessed with the complexity & nuances of the varietal and its various clones.
Daniel, a self confessed wine nerd, also particularly enjoys Pinot Noir and Gamay, making Eldridge Estate an ideal winery in which to hone his skills.