Born and raised in Timaru, New Zealand, how Stephanie Toole found herself in the Clare Valley is a surprise to many. Chasing a variety of loves, including travel, food and wine, Stephanie toured Europe and settled in London for a number of years in the early 1980’s. In 1985 she visited Western Australia and fell in love with the capital city of Perth. Having moved there in 1986 she took her developing passion for wine into a retail vocation and worked with a number of the state’s leading wine marketers and commentators, culminating in her appointment as sales manager for the famous Margaret River winery Leeuwin Estate. In the very early 1990’s she met a visiting South Australian winemaker, Jeffrey Grosset, and before long she’d upped camp to his home town of Auburn in the Clare Valley.
Not content to rest on her laurels in 1993, Stephanie purchased Mount Horrocks Wines. In 1996 Stephanie established a Riesling vineyard in Auburn for her dessert wine Cordon Cut. She has since extended her vineyard holding to include single vineyards for her Riesling, Shiraz, Semillon, Nero D’Avola and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Whilst making and marketing the increasingly recognised Mount Horrocks Wines, Stephanie has had two children; Georgina (November 1993) and Alexander (March 1995). Stephanie has proven herself to be an adept winemaker, marketer and businessperson. In 1998 she was a finalist in the Telstra Australian Business Women’s Awards. In 2007 Stephanie was also named one of 8 finalists in Gourmet Traveller WINE Magazine Winemaker of the Year.
Stephanie enjoys a wide range of hobbies, amongst them cooking, gardening, singing, art, theatre, travel and first and foremost her family.