“Ask anyone who’s tried to bargain with us: the Leasks are of undoubted Scottish descent. That said, we also live by our clan’s motto—by virtue I grow—as exemplified by our parents.”
In the 1970s, they moved from the Hunter Valley in NSW to McLaren Vale, where Dad unearthed these disparate parcels of fertile land languishing. Here, by virtue, he grew the family’s vineyards and wine business from scratch while Mum juggled the handful of looking after us, running the vineyard office and vintage bookings on her own.
It’s probably not surprising then that one brother (Richard) would grow up to become a vigneron, gaining experience across the breadth of Australia’s wine regions, developing/managing vineyards, and implementing sustainable farming programs. The other (Malcolm) traveled and worked extensively
in the hospitality, retail liquor, and wine trade in Australia and abroad, on the corporate and private side of the fence.
Together, we now nurture the vineyard and wine business, with great help and passion from all of the Leask family. Our aim with Hither & Yon is very simple: respect our family’s hard work and leave our land in an even better state for the next generation of Leask’s. The way to achieve that is by sustainable grape growing, with wines made essentially in our family vineyards by McLaren Vale’s amazing geology and maritime influence.