Bernice Ong and Julian Forwood are the husband and wife duo behind Ministry of Clouds. They believe they are “two corporate refugees who relinquished past security and structure (ministry) in search of freedom, independence and adventure (clouds)”.

They had experience in the wine industry working for renowned Australian. In 2012, the pair decided to take fate into their own hands and create Ministry of Clouds. In 2013, all six wines from their first release rated between 94 and 97 points in James Halliday’s 2015 Wine Companion, with Halliday also featuring Ministry of Clouds in his ‘Top 10 New Wineries’ list.

McLaren Vale is the heartland, where the reds are made with grapes from their own 11ha plot and other carefully selected, often ancient vines. They favour a modern take on classic styles and show meticulous attention to detail. The whites – a crystalline, dry Clare Valley Riesling and Tasmanian Chardonnay – hail from these distant but proven regions.