Episode 3: Sam Plunkett

Published by Tamara Harrison - 18th Mar 2019

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Today on Drink Naked all the way from the Strathbogie Ranges in Central Victoria we welcome winemaking genius Sam Plunkett.

With close to 1000 show medals to his name, Sam is one of the most awarded winemakers in Australia. He has multiple awards of ‘Best Red in Show’ or ‘Best Wine in Show Trophy’ and that includes winning the gong for the Great Australian Shiraz Challenge in 2010.

But it wasn’t always smooth sailing. In 2010 Sam’s winemaking business partnership ended abruptly.

To put it bluntly, it was an extremely difficult and unpleasant time for Sam. A time, that drained Sam and his family emotionally and presented a serious risk of financial ruin.

We pick up this podcast at the point where, in 2011, out of the blue, Sam has just been thrown a financial life line by Naked Wines, his friends and local winemaking community have rallied around him and out of this tumultuous time Sam creates something from absolutely nothing…



[VIDEO] TWO MINUTES WITH SAM PLUNKETT: A quick video where Sam explains his most challenging winemaking experience, the biggest struggle he faces as a winemaker and how he winds down in his spare time.

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