As the brains behind Four Sisters and Tahbilk, Alister Purbrick is one of the best known winemakers in Australia. The former has become one of the country’s most iconic while Tahbilk is one of its most historic.
Established in 1860, Tahbilk is a beautiful old winery in the Nagambie Lakes region of central Victoria (140kms north of Melbourne), one of the nation's premium viticultural areas. The property comprises lands of rich river flats along the Goulburn River and a maze of permanent backwaters and creeks. The name 'Tahbilk', rather appropriately, is the Aboriginal term for 'place of many waterholes'.
Four Sisters was established by Trevor Mast as a joint venture with Alister in 1990 to celebrate his four daughters. He wanted to make wines that were up-front and easy-going, full of life and fun. One of his daughters, Dahlia, designed the now iconic label, around which many lively evenings have been spent. After Trevor sadly died in 2012, the winery was placed under the care of Alister who had worked by his side for over 20 years.