John Tomich - Master of Wine
Randal Tomich - Owner, winemaker & viticulturist
John’s initial passion for viticulture and wine making began during childhood when living on the parents’ vineyard at Coomealla near Mildura. A successful career in the medical profession did not stop him from returning to the Adelaide University to achieve a post Graduate Diploma in Oenology.
His passion for the art and craft of wine making shared with his wife, Vicki and his thirst for greater knowledge has led to him currently undertaking the challenging Masters of Wine Course from the Institute of Masters of Wine in London.
Randal manages the vineyard and together with his father, is the major driving force behind the Tomich label. Randal project managed the vineyard development, overseeing every detail from the conception of the vineyard through to harvesting the grapes.
For many years he worked and managed broad-acre farming properties with his brother Damian before starting to develop an interest in viticulture. In the late 90’s he established his first cool climate vineyard in the Adelaide Hills. With his knowledge and ideas gained from his first vineyard, Randal developed the family vineyard under the watchful eye and technical supervision of his father.
Randal soon recognised that traditional development methods used when establishing vineyards were inadequate. They compounded the problems in high rainfall zones with the potential for soil erosion, soil subsiding and poor development, resulting in vine establishment taking up to 5 years before the first commercial crop.
This recognition lead him to researching ripping technology with soil scientists, viticulturists, the CSIRO, mechanical engineers as well as a study trip to Europe. As a result of the research, assisted by Soil Scientist, John Rasic, he designed his own ripping technology. Randal called the new ripper the 'Vibersoiler' – a vibrating winged ripper. The ripper has the ability to mix topsoil with the underlying subsoil improving water penetration and root growth. The technology has now been exported and is in use in California in the USA. To learn more about soilworks visit agsoilworks.com