In 1639, a 20-year-old from a small village in North England, with the help of two friends, became the first person to accurately predict the Transit of Venus – one of the rarest events in astronomy. This feat was no less audacious because it flew in the face of the predictions of most famous astronomer of
the time (Kepler), in a period where witchcraft and magic were still widely held beliefs.
These men were the ultimate Grand Amateurs. ‘Grand’, because they pioneered fundamental research into all branches of astronomy; and ‘Amateur’, because they did it for their love of science. They were of modest but independent circumstances and completely autonomous in their research.
In this single prediction they arguably paved the way for Newton’s discoveries, which revolutionised man’s understanding of the solar system.
Some of the greatest discoveries throughout history have been made by those bold enough to challenge conventions and question the status quo. Many of these pioneers weren’t professionals paid to find the next big thing, or those pursuing fame and fortune, they were the ones who did it for the love of it; to satisfy their own personal curiosity and passion. Armed with freedom, ambition and enthusiasm, these self-tasked ‘Grand Amateurs’ looked for the undiscovered in places and ways that others before them hadn’t.
Grand Amateur Wine
I believe in challenging the norms and conventional ways of thinking about wine and winemaking, and I know there is potential to affect big improvements through small, well-considered decisions. Born from personal wonder and the freedom to push wine to its highest potential, Grand Amateur acknowledges those who have forged a new path in the pursuit of change and growth. Hand-made with passion and autonomy and free from preconceptions or constraints, these wines are a fresh take on styles, varietals and processes.
The cuvée names Watchmaker, Gentleman and Merchant are a nod to the background vocations of the three Grand Amateurs who first observed and recorded the Transit of Venus.
They are made simply for the love of wine, and for the explorer and enthusiast in each of us.