Mark Richardson was born and bred in the Hunter Valley. His first working vintage was for boutique Hunter producer, Allandale Winery, where he worked from 1991 to 1993 whilst completing his studies at Roseworthy Agricultural College. He also worked at Domaine Chandon in the Yarra Valley and in Chianti Rufina, Tuscany, Italy.
Tyrrell’s Wines expanded its shiraz portfolio in 1994, investing in vineyards outside the Hunter Valley for the first time. In the same year, Mark joined Tyrrell’s as the Assistant Winemaker. Since then, Mark has helped nurture the vineyards and craft red wines under the acclaimed Rufus Stone label.
Mark is in charge of all red wine production at Tyrrell’s, and as such is the custodian of the big oak vats, balancing tradition with evolution. In 2009, Mark was named Winemaker of the Year by Campbell Mattinson and Gary Walsh’s Big Red Wine Book 2009/10.