Spring Seed Wines are owned and run by Joch Bosworth (wines and vines) and partner Louise Hemsley-Smith (sales marketing and kids).
Joch Bosworth grew up amongst the vines of the family’s McLaren Vale vineyard. His keen interest in fishing meant considerable time spent in the nearby waters of the Gulf St Vincent but this was balanced by hard work at home; the young Bosworth was also instrumental in helping his father establish the family vineyards.
Study at Charles Sturt University (Wagga Wagga) yielded an Associate Diploma in Viticulture (1988-1990) and was followed by a world wine tour which took in harvest at Mondavi in the Napa in California and Willamette Valley Vineyards in Oregon.
A three-year stint as both viticulturist and winemaker at a small Victorian winery (Goonawarra) preceded Joch’s return to the vineyard to take over from father Peter in 1994.
Louise landed in Australia on St Valentine’s Day 14th February 1997 fresh from the UK, with a personal tradition of lengthy and largely unimpressive university study and long vacation travel. She worked on her cousin’s vineyard in the Adelaide Hills, but found the morning temperatures during grape picking in the bracing Hills Autumn a bit too reminiscent of home, so moved down to McLaren Vale.
Night study for a Masters in Marketing at the University of South Australia gave her time to make her early mistakes in wine marketing and sales at various McLaren Vale wineries (Tatachilla Winery, d’Arenberg and Penny’s Hill) during the day. Officially retiring from working for ‘the man’ in 2005 she went back to the Bosworth family vineyards to work for the Man – Joch Bosworth – where she took over all aspects of sales, marketing, administration etc. of their wine labels, as well as a sideline of looking after the next generation of Bosworths, Celia (vintage 2004) and Peggy (vintage 2007).