The Maker & The Drinker

The Maker & The Drinker

The Maker & The Drinker is a journey of people and wine. John Retsas, The Maker from award winning South Australian First Drop Wines and Jarrod Walsh, The Drinker speak to a vast array of people and chat about not only their wine experience, but also how they got to be the person they are today. In each chat, the boys will educate you about the wine from the growing to the pouring, while learning more about their guest and their life. If you’re a first time drinker or a connoisseur, The Maker & The Drinker is just the drop you need.


September 23, 2021 36 mins

We are BACK!

On the first day of spring the Maker and the Drinker were lucky enough to head to the Barossa to chat to Paul Georgiadis, from Paulmara Wines.

This place is gorgeous, and the wines speak for themselves. With a rich family history in Viticulture and Wine Making, this chat breaks down the science of wine, and winemaker Jason Barrette even pops in for a quick chat too.

One not to be missed!

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It’s been a while since JR and JW caught up, so long in fact JR has taken over the business of First Drop Wines and making his mark for sure! In this episode, we talk everything FOOD! Because First Drop’s Home Of The Brave is more than wine. The family love and care put into every dish makes you feel like home. Grab a glass or two, sit back and enjoy!

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What a story. This winery is one of the most divine in Australia and the man behind it, Charlie Melton sure has a tale to be believed.  After a failed trip to Uluru and ending up in the Barossa Valley, a toss of the coin decided his path onwards and now we sit in a Church on his property, tasting decades of their famous Shiraz. 

The man behind this iconic wine is a down to earth, hardworking bloke whose ute has over 200,...

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Ian Hongell is a Barossa Valley winemaker through and through. At one of the region’s most prestigious wineries, he crafts collectible wines from some of the world’s oldest vines.

After spending almost two decades at the Barossa’s Peter Lehmann Wines, where he rose to chief winemaker, Ian joined Torbreck in early 2017. Here he makes full-flavoured, powerful wines that age gracefully for years. It all starts ...

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A 25 year overnight success!

Tim Smith used to work alongside Australian Rock Royalty. Being around the likes of Cold Chisel and Midnight Oil, music was his journey. Soon enough after expecting his first child, he grabbed some casual work at Yalumba, stayed there for almost two decades, and decided it was time for the Tim Smith name (and thumb print) to be on a label.

Today we are recording inside his brand new winery on the firs...

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Micha. What an incredible story. Fleeing war torn Serbia to make a change in his life, he ended up with $100 from a stranger and made his way to the US, where he ended up working for the Bush Family! There’s plenty more in between including how he got his love of food and wine, and working at one of the most prestigious clubs in South Australia. His new business ‘Vino With Micha’ is taking off too, and we can&rsqu...

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Jason Barrett has gone from the military to the making. After leaving the armed forces at an early age, he soon found himself working in some of the most prestigious wineries around the world including being wine-maker for the famous Penfolds Magill Estate. Jason immerses himself in the history of wine and the story behind it and its led him to mixing with some A-Listers along the way too!


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Brad Ebert farewelled a stellar AFL Career after 260 games with the Port Adelaide and West Coast Eagles Football Clubs. His reputation is remarkable and he is known for his passion, work ethic and humility. His next journey is in winemaking and alongside his former team mate and Power Captain, Tom Jonas - they have created Hey Diddle Wines. With a passion for storytelling, history and connection. This is more than just a wine.


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Georges on Waymouth. There isn’t much more to be said. This incredible restaurant has been one of the most successful dining experiences in Adelaide for almost two decades, and there’s a reason for that. George and his incredible staff have endured the most challenges anyone could face over the past 24 months, but as expected they’ve seen it through to the other side.

George also has an incredible passion for win...

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Ernesto Sestito is known around Adelaide for managing Adelaide dining institution Borsa Pasta Cucina. His charm, charisma and passion for people ensure you are set to enjoy more than just the incredible food and wine at the famous restaurant.

What you may not know about Ernesto, is his other passion – coconuts. He and his wife own a coconut farm in Thailand, where he spends a fair chunk of each year. The process of making co...

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So you know the drinker, Jarrod Walsh. But what about the Maker?

John Retsas is the owner of First Drop Wines, and his wine journey dates back to his childhood with his Greek family. Hear his story, his incredible creative way of bringing this wine to life, and how 2020 has affected not just his business, but the wine business in general.


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Channing Frye is a man of many talents. On the basketball court he has consistently performed at the highest level in the NBA for 14 years. He is an NBA Champion with the 2016 Cleveland Cavaliers and recently retired.

Off the court he has developed an extremely successful Podcast, Road Trippin’ which was one of the first player driven Podcasts in World Sport, and he followed his love of wine and created Chosen Family Wines, ...

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The Maker & The Drinker is a journey of people and wine. John Retsas, The Maker from award winning South Australian First Drop Wines and Jarrod Walsh, The Drinker speak to a vast array of people and chat about not only their wine experience, but also how they got to be the person they are today. In each chat, the boys will educate you about the ...

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