Bob Oatley is a proud and passionate Australian who is credited with pioneering Australian wine to the rest of the world. Oatley owned Rosemount Estate, for several decades the most recognized and successful family-owned Australian winery. His success with Chardonnay put Rosemount on the world wine map. His success with Shiraz, especially in the US, was instrumental in establishing that varietal as a permanent feature on wine lists and retail shelves in America. Today he heads a family business that is run by eldest son Sandy and operates in diverse hospitality-related areas from grapes and cattle, through wineries and sailing, to popular and luxury tourism at Hamilton Island on Australia's iconic Great Barrier Reef.
Robert Oatley owns vineyards in some of the most prestigious and quality driven regions of Australia, including Margaret River, McLaren Vale, Mornington Peninsula and Mudgee.
Robert Oatley is a rather unique character in Australian winemaking. Starting with a mega brand (Rosemount) Robert now spends him time dealing with and producing much smaller scale and more quality driven wines. He is one of the elder statesmen of Australian wine for sure.
The Margaret River Chardonnay and Mornington Pinot Noir are very good examples of what this Rosemount founder is doing now.