Claire Tonon’s future in wine was somewhat pre-determined. After her parents were married, they holidayed in the Clare Valley and fell in love with the surrounds, eventually deciding “Claire” was to be the name of their first little girl.
Now, with a wine career that covers cellar door management, events, wine education, marketing and export logistics, Claire was a natural fit for the new role of Sommelier at Voyager Estate.
Before joining the team in August 2011, Claire had spent eight years on a family-run vineyard in northern Italy – taking the time to complete the Associazione Italiana Sommelier course and mastering the Italian way of life, while managing the winery’s cellar door and running tours of the estate for guests.
Having settled in at Voyager, Claire is putting her secondary teaching qualification to good use by teaching the staff and visitors about viticulture and what to identify when tasting wines.
Through her work with the Estate, Claire has developed a number of benchmark tastings so staff members have an understanding of how Margaret River fares as a wine region on an international scale. You’ll also find her conducting a weekly Wine Essentials session for visitors, educating guests on just how much there is to learn about wine.