Our Winemaker

Our Orlando Winemaker, Ben Thoman has big plans for these exceptional wines and likes to do things a little differently. Born in the Adelaide Hills, Ben is a South Australian local. Not originally destined for winemaking, Ben completed a four-year engineering degree at Adelaide University straight out of school and then went on to work as an engineer.

After nine years, Ben wanted to pursue his passion for food and wine, but the life of a Chef didn’t quite appeal. Having been an avid home brewer from the late 90s, he was always interested in creating something that was more than the sum of its parts and was intrigued by winemaking.

Ben’s winemaking approach is focused on capturing the true character of the fruit, the vineyard and the region in all of the wines that he crafts.

Orlando’s winemaking history is founded on exploring new opportunities yet respecting what’s already been discovered and proven. I look forward to continuing this journey; maintaining the legacy of the wines while evolving them incrementally to keep them exciting and to reach new palates.