Marc Bradshaw Bio

Marc P. Bradshaw
Wine Master, Pillitteri Estates Winery Biography

"An Aussie professor of mine was trying his hardest to rope me into the wine industry. After I did my first crush I was absolutely sold. For me, the beauty of making wine in Ontario is that, even though I will always be an Aussie boy, I really feel home here.”

Marc Bradshaw first brought his expertise, enthusiasm and unique personality to Pillitteri Estates Winery in the spring of 2004 as Vintage Winemaker. A short time later in August 2005, Marc accepted the position of Assistant Winemaker. In the summer of 2006 the Pillitteri family offered Mark the position of Winemaster which he proudly accepted.

Marc’s foray into the wine industry is as interesting and diverse as his personality. Born in Red Cliffe, Queensland, Australia, the consummate traveler ‘scoured’ the globe looking for adventure and his future. Marc’s studies had taken him very far from the world that now has become his passion. He graduated as an Analytical Chemistry major from the University of Melbourne, in Melbourne Australia. His plan was to work as a Forensic Scientist and continued with post graduate studies. Soon after graduating he was offered a lucrative position in a forensic lab, but fate would intervene. On the same day he was offered the job he encountered one of his chemistry professors from Melbourne, Geoff Scollary, who convinced Marc to study under him and complete his Doctorate, investigating “Ascorbic Acid as a Promoter of Wine Spoilage”. A year into his studies his research team transferred to Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga, Australia where Marc completed his doctorate in 2001.

Marc, an Aussie native, completed his Doctorate at Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, Australia in 2001. During this time, Marc began his itinerant lifestyle by trekking to Europe in 2000, to serve as a Research Chemist at Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique in Montpellier, France. In 2002, Marc journeyed to South Africa and worked as a Wine Chemist Consultant for Meerlust Estate Winery in Stellenbosch. Nomadic Marc then made his way back home where he served in both the laboratory and cellar at Bidgeebong Winery in Bomen, before venturing on to the Rheingau in Germany in 2003, where he worked at Joachim Flick Weingut as a Cellar Rat. Always an Aussie, Marc returned to his homeland to work in 2004 as a Cellar Rat at Pettavel Winery in Geelong, Australia. Before too long, the travel bug once again set in and Marc found himself in Niagara-on-the-Lake working at Pillitteri Estates Winery.

Marc will tell you that he is just an average Australian boy who loves wine. Marc fell into wine making through the influence of an Aussie Professor of Oenology who convinced him that wine making was more exciting than his previous studies in Forensic Science. He became passionate about wine making and started a personal love affair and inquisitive journey to both Old and New World wine regions to quench his thirst of knowledge and experience in wine making.

The beauty of wine making is that it is one of the few industries where you can travel to most parts of the world, experiencing so many different regions and styles, and use all your knowledge and heart to make something that so many people love. That’s a tick in every box”.
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