Sergio Carlei makes wine from the heart and in a short time this passion has moved him from the family garage to a fully-fledged professional operation producing over 10,000 cases of wine per year from his winery at Upper Beaconsfield in Victoria.
His wines are released under two labels, Carlei Estate and Carlei Green Vineyards.
A first generation Italian, Sergio lives with his wife Mary Carlei and seven children in a mud-brick house he'd built next to the winery. Located in Upper Beaconsfield, 50km (31 miles) east of Melbourne, the property includes a modest biodynamic vineyard which was established in 1997. "Coming from an Italian background, winemaking was always part of the household tradition," says Sergio. His Calabrian grandfather was his mentor and helped shape some of his ideas today.