Ray Guerin is a veteran with enormous cool climate experience. He was awarded Gourmet Traveller Wine magazine’s Viticulturist of the Year in 2013 and inducted into the  Yarra Valley Hall of Fame in 2018.

Ray worked with Hardy’s for 18 years, specialising in southern Victoria and Tasmania, with particular influence on Hardy’s Arras sparkling wines – where he worked with chief sparkling winemaker Ed Carr. Ray then joined Shaw & Smith as Group Viticulturist in 2011.

Early in his career, Ray left his family’s vineyards in McLaren Vale and moved to the Yarra Valley to establish Hoddles Creek vineyard. Much later, Ray established his own Yarra Valley vineyard, Applejack.