Bruce Jack ‘s story:
“Shortly after meeting Karen at the start of our post-graduate winemaking course at university, I knew I had found my ideal laboratory prac. partner.
Karen already had a Masters of Science degree and was obviously a chemistry boffin. It was pretty obvious she wasn’t taking prisoners in the lab. This lady knew her way around a laboratory like the back of her hand, while my competence improved remarkably the further I got away from Bunsen burners and pipettes.
Naturally, I needed all the help I could get. I suggested we team up, promising to wash all the beakers and keep out of her way, while she did all the experiments. It seemed like a good division of work to me.
She scoffed and teamed up with a far more promising partner, Japanese winemaker and dumpling maker-extraordinary, Yukari. They went on to be top of the class.
Fortunately, Karen and I made better drinking partners, a pursuit I was at least equal at. That was a few decades ago.
Since then we’ve made wine in Australia (McLaren Vale, Hunter Valley, King Valley, Yarra Valley, Barossa Valley and Margaret River), USA (Sonoma and Napa), Portugal (Douro), France (Alsace, Entre-Deux-Mers, up and down the Rhone and Langedoc), South Africa (every region in the Western Cape), Italy (Tuscany) and Spain (Yecla, Jumilla, Terra Alta, La Rioja and Navarra).
Today Karen and her husband, chef and biodynamic viticulturalist/winemaker, Manu, have their own highly acclaimed winery in the South of France, Domaine Turner Pageot. They make tiny parcels of exquisite wine that shine like jewels. It is no surprise that in 2016 Karen won the Sakura award for the best female winemaker in the world.
Besides Le Weekend wines, we both head up winemaking teams at large international companies, which means we are both passionate about making award winning wines from boutique vineyards and also experienced at making lifestyle wines in big, affordable volumes.
We combine a passion for quality, obsessive attention to detail, an unusually deep insight into the organic chemistry of winemaking and a natural determination to enjoy ourselves.
Authenticity, quality and fun are often lost at the volume end of winemaking. We’re both ambitious and idealistic enough to believe we can bring this spirit back.
After all, Le Weekends are for kicking back and enjoyment.
So in essence, this collaboration is a Le Weekend frame of mind. The frame of mind we both naturally gravitate towards.