Toby Barlow

Senior Wine Maker St Hallett

“Wine is all about people, place and time in so many respects.  Over thousands of wines, the memorable moments really come back to where, when and who; both in the making of wine and the drinking of it. The St Hallett commitment to the Barossa region since 1944 in both wines and people follows this theme and is part of what makes it a very special place.”

Where it began


The hallmark of Toby’s winemaking is his considered and thoughtful approach, coupled with a genuine passion for innovation. Toby brings a fresh, inquisitive approach (that’s what a double degree in Chemistry and Philosophy will do to you) and a diverse range of winemaking experience both from a regional and varietal perspective, having worked in wineries in Central Victoria, Australia; New Zealand; Oregon in North America; and the Rhone Valley in France.

The old vines of Barossa, St Hallett’s focus on Shiraz and Riesling and the interplay between the two valleys – Barossa and Eden – provide him with plenty of intriguing opportunities and interesting challenges. Having grown up in Sydney and travelled the world, Toby spent six months setting up a vineyard in the Strathbogie Ranges, Central Victoria.

After completing a vintage Toby was (to his own pleasant surprise) accepted into the Post-Graduate Oenology course at Adelaide University. His first few years in wine reflected an avid exploration of the winemaking and viticultural challenges caused by climatic diversity, working from cool climate regions of New Zealand & Oregon to continental northern Rhone Valley & Central Victoria to the heat of the Hunter Valley.

Toby’s general joie de vivre stimulates his continual exploration of all worldly things, naturally including winemaking within the unique tapestry of the Barossa. His motto is ‘Happiness is the journey, not the destination”. When not talking all things wine, he can be found discussing philosophical theories, current affairs or kicking the soccer ball around the St Hallett lawns.