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Wine voices – Mark Warren, Winemaker Marq Wines

“Margaret River has all these great producers of classic varieties but there are also lots of smaller wineries and labels doing their own thing. Each one has their own story and their own spin on things, based on experience and travels before they came to Margaret River. It’s adding colour and texture to the industry.

Some of these guys are actually ex-students of mine. I taught them in the early years and now they’ve got ten years experience on them and in senior roles down here. After years they’re getting to show their creativity and show what they want to do. So it’s quite fun tasting their wines and seeing what they’re doing. I suppose there’s an element of pride; like seeing your kids go off into the world and achieve something.

Just yesterday a couple of guys dropped in, had a glass of wine with us. It’s interesting and fun chatting and seeing what they’re doing. Winemakers naturally gravitate towards each other but when you drink a wine made by your mates or ex-students it just tastes better.”

– Mark Warren, Winemaker, Marq Wines

Image: Sarah Hewer

Mark Warren, Winemaker Marq Wines
Max Brearley

About Max Brearley

Max Brearley is a food writer, critic, consultant and host working with The Australian, The Guardian, Halliday, Margaret River Gourmet Escape, Truffle Kerfuffle, Conde Nast Traveller and delicious. to name just a few. A passion for a good yarn and great produce has seen him forage for native foods in the north west of WA, follow abalone from ocean to plate in the south west and dig for black truffles in the towering Southern Forests. He’s also been known to cast a critical eye over a meal or two for The Australian’s annual Hot 50 Restaurants and delicous., as well as producing written, visual and event content for organisations across Australia and globally.

Whilst a proud Yorkshireman; he’s been moving south for much of his life. Relocating from London to Perth in 2012, a move to the southwest soon followed, where life girt by sea and vines is more than agreeable.

Instagram: @max_brearley / Twitter: @maxbrearley / Web: maxbrearley.com

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