‘In late December 2019 Fiona and I signed a contract for Rose and Frank Baldasso’s Gumeracha-vineyard. Planted to all the wrong varieties bar one: five clones of Nebbiolo we have worked with since 2005. The following week, it was surrounded by flames, and only through the courage of others was Protero spared.

We are surrounded by brave people and we must also be courageous. To that end we have removed Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot and Viognier and planted varieties we like drinking and believe in: Barbera, Dolcetto, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Gris and Riesling. All well suited to the landscape, the region and, in particular, this place, Protero.’

- Stephen and Fiona Pannell