The Passing Clouds Family
Graeme Leith is one of those rugged individuals who were prepared to put everything on the line for a gamble: to grow grapes, to make the best wine they could, and then sell it in sufficient quantities to make a living. He'd first expressed some interest in the process of fermentation at the age of seven or eight which saw him sent home from Sunday school.
In the early sixties he worked his way around Europe, finally tasting some superb wine in Italy, and the die was cast.
Years later he and his kindred spirit and partner Sue Mackinnon established a vineyard at Kingower, beyond Bendigo and after the predictable trials and tribulations to be expected of such a venture they won a gold medal with the first wine they showed and so laid the foundation for what was to become the iconic Passing Clouds label.
Cameron Leith has been around wine since he could walk. He became winemaker at Passing Clouds in 2008 and has recently established Leith Winemaking – a broader wine business producing wine for numerous clients in Macedon, Bendigo and beyond.
He learnt a lot osmotically from his father who established Passing Clouds by following him around, then working along side him. After a vintage in Burgundy (including a few weeks working in the vineyards) he well and truly caught the winemaking bug and came back to Australia with a desire and passion to make wines that are true to their terroir and express it fully.
After another couple of years learning the artistry of winemaking from his father, he took over the winemaking at Passing Clouds (at 23 years of age), after completing his Masters of Wine Science and Viticulture.