Born in Adelaide, Michael’s family moved to the Barossa Valley when he was eight years old.
His earliest foray into the wine industry in Australia’s most famous wine region, was picking grapes after finishing school and after finishing his studies, Michael’s first first job in the industry was at Tarac, analysing bottles of wine bound for the bottling line.
Michael then moved to laboratory work at St Hallett Wines, working closely with the winemakers, ensuring their wines were of the highest quality.
Taking on the assistant winemaking role at Rocland Wines, making contract wines and forging relationships with over 20 winemakers, Michael learnt how to produce a variety of wine styles and was exposed to the intricacies of many vineyard sites across the Barossa Valley.
It was while Michael was making wine at Rocland that the Yelland & Papps label was born and he moved to a winemaking role at Barossa Valley Estate. By 2010, Susan and Michael had purchased their beloved Nuraip Road property, Michael finishing harvest at BVE before concentrating on their fledgling wine brand full-time.