5 Minutes with Boydell’s Vineyard
Meet the Maroulis’. Daniel and Jane Maroulis are the owners and operators of boutique Hunter Valley Vineyard, Boydell’s. As one of New South Wales’ heritage wineries, their vineyard is drenched in archives of the past.
Boydell’s came on board as Long & Co’s premium wine partner thanks to our beautiful food and wine resident House of Airlie. We caught up with Daniel to discuss all things wine, weather and his lady-filled family.
Tell me something surprising about you.
I have 4 young daughters and a pretty special wife, so I live in a household that is very female dominated. They are all strong independent girls, so I often have very little say about what I watch on the TV.
How do you take your coffee?
Strong with very little milk – I normally have had two before 7am.
What’s the first thing you do in the morning?
As a busy father of four girls, I find the mornings before everyone else is up to be the most productive. I’m normally in the office responding to emails or in the vineyard at sunrise checking on the vines.
What is your most used app?
My most used app is definitely my weather apps. I check these very regularly as my philosophy is to farm with the natural weather cycles.
What was your latest online purchase?
Wine – I love to sample lots of different types of Australian wine, some of the world‘s best winemakers are right here in Australia. I call it market research...
What would you take with you from your childhood?
I grew up in Bourke 1000km north west of Sydney. I loved this upbringing; it solidified the importance of community and connection to the land. I take that with me in how I run my business and my everyday values.
What is something you’ve heard out-of-towners say recently about Newcastle?
People are often surprised how diverse Newcastle is with the music scene, beach scene and art scene. Newcastle is patriotic and has really embraced its history by making the working harbour so unique and vibrant.
What do you look for when meeting a new person?
I’m drawn to genuine, humble people who don’t take themselves too seriously. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting so many new people since launching Boydell‘s, it‘s one of the aspects of the business I really enjoy.
What would you tell your 10-year younger self?
It’s Jane and my 10–year wedding anniversary this month, so what immediately springs to mind is that I should have gotten more than 3 hours sleep the night before my wedding! On a serious note, I would tell myself to trust my instincts and back myself.
How did you get to where you are?
As clichéd as it sounds a lot of hard work, perseverance and passion.
What do you dream of for your business?
I hope that we are a recognised brand within the Australian market and our customers associate us with authenticity, quality and integrity.
Is this how you thought it would turn out for you?
I always dreamed of being part of the wine industry. Sometimes I pinch myself that I get to do this every day.
Where do you see your industry headed in the future?
I see a shift toward the ‘grape to glass’ movement. People increasingly want to know where their food came from and who grew it. I see the same thing happening with wine. Customers are demanding more than mass-produced low-quality bulk wine from corporate enterprises.
Why did you come on board as our wine partner?
I saw a bit of myself in your story. With our new cellar door and restaurant, I know how much work goes into building a business and I wanted to be part of that.