With the rapid expansion of the Byron & Harold business and the introduction of Moss Brothers, the business employed Rory Parks to strengthen the existing team. This role is a new one which is across all areas of viticulture, winemaking and production.
Rory comes with a wealth of industry experience, including a recent role working for Frank Tate within which he was responsible for producing a broad cross range of wines on a commercial scale of over 500,000 cases.
Rory always had an interest in Agriculture. After working in the vineyard during a summer holidays, he decided to pursue Viticulture and Oenology. The science of winemaking got him hooked, loving the way it combined agriculture with science and art.
His favourite varietals are Cabernet, Shiraz, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, as they are the varietals he’s had the most experience with and the most widely produced in Margaret River. With a goal to further his studies and knowledge, to keep growing as a winemaker and Win the Jimmy Watson!, Rory is set to become one of Byron and Harold’s biggest assets.
Kate’s wine journey began at an early age, with family holidays in Margaret River sparking a curiosity for winemaking. Her interest grew with work experience at Houghton Wines in the Swan Valley while still at high school.
After attaining a Bachelor of Science degree in Viticulture & Oenology she started exploring the world of wine. Kate now has over 20 vintages under her belt covering 10 wine regions in 4 countries. Her experience covers a very diverse range of styles and some memorable experiences, from the steep learning curve that was her first vintage in McLaren Vale, dancing in the old concrete lagars (special port fermenters) while making Port in the Douro Valley, some very frosty conditions making sparkling wine in the UK, the gravity fed barrel storage caves in Oregon, and all the incredible winemakers, viticulturalists and cellar crew she has learnt from on her journey.
Luckily for us at Byron & Harold, she has brought back her wealth of experience to the part of the winemaking world she loves the most, Western Australia, where she has been for the last 12 years.
In 2010 Kate started her own small wine brand, Ipso Facto Wines. This has seen her being a Gourmet Traveller Young Winemaker of the Year finalist and make it into the Top 12 of the Young Guns of Wine competition.
Kate is also involved in judging at wine shows, both on a regional level at the Margaret River Wine Show and Wine Awards of Western Australia, and capital city shows including Perth Royal Wine Awards and Royal Hobart Wine Show. She very much enjoys being a part of these shows, and the opportunity to taste a snapshot of Australian wine quality and styles each year, to test her own palate trying up to 120 wines in a day, and to learn from, and network with, fellow judges.
When not crafting wines Kate loves travelling, both within Australia and overseas, getting out in the veggie garden, snorkelling, swimming and stand-up paddle-boarding at Western Australia’s beautiful beaches, as well as spending time with family and friends.