David Kilpatrick / Proprietor
David Kilpatrick, a former cardiologist and Professor of Medicine at the University of Tasmania, bought and planted Clarence House Estate in 1998. As a passionate enthusiast and consumer of the great wines of the Old World, David chose to plant a combination of varieties that would highlight the wonderful suitability of the site to elegant, nuanced wines inspired by those of Europe. He is very much involved in the day-to-day running of the property, living on site with his family at the Clarence House homestead, often found riding on the mower, tinkering in the toolshed or loading wine onto the landcruiser for local deliveries.
Mark Hoey / Vineyard Manager
Mark Hoey comes from a multi-generational wine-growing family in South Australia, where he began his career. Seeking the challenges and opportunity that Tasmania presented, he took a position as vineyard manager with acclaimed producer Stefano Lubiana Wines and settled his young family in Hobart. During his tenure at Granton, he broadened his Tasmanian industry contacts and honed his organic and biodynamic skills. Astute, pragmatic and hands-on, Mark has been instrumental in improving vine health, balance and overall quality of the vineyard at Clarence House Estate.
Anna and Justin Pooley / Winemakers
Anna and Justin Pooley, of Pooley Wines, would arguably be the powerhouse winemaking couple of Australia. Having spent years making wine on different continents in their youth, they settled at their family estate in Tasmania where they have won countless awards and medals. Anna’s experience as a wine show judge proves invaluable during key blending decisions and both Anna and Justin work very closely with Clarence House proprietor David Kilpatrick. Situated just ten minutes from one another, the relationship was borne of a fruit supply and winemaking synergy, exemplified by David’s desire and Justin and Anna’s experience crafting cult, premium, cool climate wines.