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The old adage "you can't get a silk purse out
of a sow's ear" is a rm belief of Highlands
man Paul Quirico.
Mr Quirico is a viticulturist with an eye for detail and
a quest for perfection.
And he is clearly reaping the rewards for his e orts
through his work at Tertini Wines Yaraandoo
Vineyard near Berrima.
Mr Quirico has been involved in the vineyard since
its beginnings 10 years ago, keeping close tabs on
everything from the soil, the vines and the fruit itself.
"I was there when the vines were rst planted, I was
there when the rst vintage was made in 2003 and
I'm still there," he said.
He has also more recently imparted his expertise at
the Blue Metal Vineyard near Berrima and acted as a
consultant to several other vineyards in the Southern
Highlands. And he takes his job very seriously.
"I'm the rst person in the chain towards wine
production," he said.
"If I give bad fruit to the winemakers it goes all the
way down the line.
"If I don't produce the goods everyone else's job
becomes more di cult."
It's a commitment that has seen Mr Quirico on the
front line of outstanding success by Tertini Wines in
recent years including medals from several wines
shows and recognition in the most recent edition of
the James Halliday Wine Companion book.
The role of viticulturist is the latest of several detours
Mr Quirico has taken on his career path.
But as far as he is concerned his previous work has all
complemented a true career calling in viticulture.
Mr Quirico originally studied environmental science
at university after leaving school and then spent four
years working and travelling overseas.
He said he decided to study horticulture at TAFE on
his return to Australia.
Mr Quirico spent 10 years working as a landscaper,
but a desire to venture into viticulture saw him
return to the books to study the subject for six years
part-time at Charles Sturt University.
"My father owned a wine business in Sydney and I
often worked with him while I was growing up,"
"My parents later bought a property at Sutton
Forest, with plans to establish a vineyard.
"The vineyard plans never eventuated, but it was the
catalyst for my interest in viticulture."
Mr Quirico said he drew on his knowledge in
environmental science and horticulture to support
his role in viticulture in boutique vineyards of the
He said it was a labour intensive job, but he loved the
Working the earth for a ne drop
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