ABOUT TOBY BEKKERS- Viticulture Consultant
Toby is an accomplished viticulturist and wine business manager of over 20 years' practical experience.
He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science, Agriculture (Hons.) from the University of Adelaide and a Graduate Certificate in Management from the University of South Australia.
His consultancy Toby Bekkers, Viticulturist provides viticulture and wine business advice.
Toby helps clients customise vineyard plans that deliver superior wine quality.
Toby Bekkers, Viticulturist assists clients to improve wine-grape quality with a clear eye on the business goals, wine portfolio, market position and financial capacity of the owners.
Until July 2010, as General Manager, Toby was responsible for the strategic direction and successful growth of Paxton Wines in McLaren Vale, South Australia, including Paxton’s wine portfolio. In his role as Senior Viticulturist, Toby also held responsibility for the management of Paxton vineyards and those of its clients, totalling almost 700 acres (280 ha).
Toby has played a leading role in the introduction and implementation of organic and biodynamic viticulture in Australia. Toby’s vision is to show that sustainable viticulture can be successfully implemented on all scales. Key to this is an ability to tailor language to the audience. “I believe natural viticulture has the potential to uncover hidden quality but I avoid the sort of fundamentalism and language that often accompanies these practices.”
Wine writer James Halliday recently described Toby as "a leading exponent of biodynamic and organic viticulture".
Toby is a past recipient of the Annual Trophy for Excellence in Winegrowing awarded by the McLaren Vale Grape, Wine and Tourism Association. He is also a graduate of the highly regarded Future Leaders –Succession for the Australian Wine Sector leadership and development program.
Toby is married to French winemaker Emmanuelle Requin-Bekkers. Toby and Emmanuelle travel to France regularly to ensure their children are able to experience their French heritage first-hand. They are also the owners of Bekkers Wine, intended to be an emblem for their home region of McLaren Vale, South Australia.
Toby Bekkers, Viticulture Consultant
“...a leading exponent of organic and biodynamic viticulture...”