Susan & Michael Papps
Michael was born in Adelaide and moved to the Barossa when he was nine years old.
Growing up in the Barossa, his first experience with the Wine Industry was picking grapes when he finished school. As a young guy it was a lot of fun and very rewarding which he thoroughly enjoyed.
Michael started his first job at Tarac Bottlers, in the Laboratory, analysing wines ready for bottling. He moved on to Tarac Technologies which was a big eye opener to the other side of the industry, the bi-products of winemaking and their important contributions.
His first job in a winery was at St Hallet where he worked in the Laboratory and got to work closely with winemakers and see the runnings of a winery. After several years there, he moved onto Rocland Estate in the position as assistant winemaker to look after and make contract wines. He got to work closely with 20+ winemakers and observed many different ways to make wine.
It was while at Rocland the Yelland & Papps label started. As a side project to make some wine of our own. As the label grew, Michael moved onto Barossa Valley Estate as a cellar hand to see and do all facets of the winemaking process in a physical sense.
By 2010 Michael and Susan had purchased their beloved property at Nuraip road and Michael was doing vintage at Barossa Valley Estate as well as his own vintage at home on the Nuraip Road property.
At this point it was decided for Michael to give up working for someone else and focus on his own wine.
Michael has been privileged to work with so many Barossa winemakers that have been very generous with their knowledge and time but mostly encouragement to give him the confidence to go on his own path.
Michael has been part of the Young Guns of Wine three years running, reaching the top 50 on all occasions.
Michaels ethos is to pick fruit on flavour and acid, and to make wine in a less is more approach, using gently processing methods, plant based fining products and to make the best wine possible.
Michael does not feel he fits in a winemaking box and doesn’t adhere to rules of whether he is conventional or traditional, he just adheres to what he believes in and making the style that he loves and believes in.
Michael is a Boutique artisan producer pushing boundaries with respect to the traditions.
In the winery there is a focus on using a lot of whole bunch fermentation, no filtration, larger format oak and putting 100% whole bunches through bung wholes of the puncheons and letting them sit for up to a year in some cases.
As of 2010 all Yelland and Papps wines have been made at our own winery at Nuraip Road.
Susan originates from Yorke Peninsula and her first involvement in wine was working for Woolworths Macs Liquor. This is where her love for wine started, spending her entire wage on wines and stashing them away to cellar.
Moving to Adelaide in 1997 to start a wine course, which ended up getting cancelled due to not enough participants, left her thinking what to do next to get into the wine industry.
Considering going to Roseworthy to do a four year Oenology course, she made a decision to take the opportunity to work and travel to the United States of America.
Landing an Au Pair job in Brooklyn New York, enabled her to participate in Windows of the Worlds wine school headed by Kevin Zraly.
After a year in New York she headed back home to start to try again to get into the wine industry. After tasting first growths and some amazing wines, she set her sights on the Barossa valley.
Moving to the Barossa she eventually got an opportunity to work for Elderton wines starting in the Cellar door and eventually making her way into the winery and laboratory helping out with the 2003 vintage.
Susan also had the opportunity to work for Chateau Tanunda under John Geber. In 2005 she was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and had to give up work to get on top of the condition. After this decision, Susan and Michael decided to start making wine and start the brand Yelland & Papps.
In 2007, Susan gave birth to their first child Peyton and 2 years later their second child Campbell.
In 2010 they purchased their beautiful property on Nuraip road moving in with a two and half year old and 8 week old baby. After vintage 2010 it was decided to get Michael back to the business on Nuraip road and Susan went back to work at Kaeslers working in the Cellar door.
During 2011 vintage trying to juggle working at another winery and doing their own vintage the decision again was to come back to Nuraip road and focus on Yelland & Papps.
Starting up the Tasting room in late 2011.
Susans focus is on making wines that are true to their style, creating an environment that has a strong ethos in the environment and a Tasting Room that is them and very inviting and relaxing.
PEYTON AND CAMPBELL PAPPS
Think they run the place!
Looking for vintage in the year 2023-2026 in either France or Italy.
ACCOUNTS - BEAN COUNTER
Enjoying retirement and learning to like Triple J day by day.
HAROLD the CAT
Left here from previous owners of property. We weren't sure it was going to stick around, so we called it 'CAT' like Audrey Hepburn did in 'Breakfast at Tiffany's'.
We have since found out his name is Harold, Harold loves a chat and a pat.
Please feel free to pop out the back and say 'hello' to our sheep. Depending on what time of year we sometimes have little lambs. Please do not get too attached though....we enjoy lamb immensely here at YP and celebrate this beautiful animal.