As flames raged towards Oliver’s celebrated Golden Mile Bench wine region – one man proved you can’t crush a winemaker’s spirit.
Rustico Cellars’ owner Bruce Fuller says there was a moment when he was sure it was over.
And that’s when he realized he’d forgotten his corkscrew.
“We have a wine called “Last Chance,” so I thought OK, I think I better zoom up to the winery while I can still get in to it and get a case of Last Chance and a cork screw. I sat down there and I opened that bottle and I sat here and I said ‘Well, I believe in God. And I had a glass of Last Chance.”
As it turned out – Fuller will have plenty of other chances to ply his trade. Luck, and hard work by fire crews, stopped the flames just meters from his land.
With files from Shelby Thom