Taras Ochota, a winemaker, bass-blower and surfer from the Adelaide appellation, passed away recently after a long illness.
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Taras Ochota is a dynamic individual in the Australian winemaking industry, initially pursuing his passion for surfing and music, but later returning to the wine industry to put his expertise to work in the South Australian and California wine industries.
After receiving his oenology degree in Adelaide, Taras and his wife Amber also spent time living and working in Italy and Sweden. Before returning home, Taras worked at wineries such as Forgotten Grass Winery.
In 2000, while on a road trip through Mexico, Taras and Amber had plans to one day start their own winery. Now, with a clear idea of the wines he wanted (and didn"t want) to make, they jumped at the chance.
They grow a wide variety of grape varieties: Grenache, Syrah, Gewürztraminer, Gamay, Riesling, Chardonnay, Mourvèdre, Pinot Noir, etc. All grape varieties are grown organically, with minimal human intervention, allowing them to grow naturally.
The news of his death was followed by expressions of sadness and respect from both those who knew him personally and those who simply knew him from his wines, which earned him the applause and appreciation of winemakers and eager wine lovers from around the world.