Ben Tolstoshev began his career in the world of art directing and design. The skills he acquired match his current role at The Lane; retaining a big picture view with an uncompromising eye for detail and continuous improvement. In 1996 Ben worked with John on designing The Lane’s first labels and the vineyard logo emerged– almost a family coat of arms, it is still evident on our labels to this day.
Bens wine epiphany came in two parts. After proposing to his wife Nirelle in Italy 2001, he immersed himself if the differing regions across Italy discovering the subtlety, elegance and complexity of ‘lunch weight’ wine. From here he met John and Helen in France, renting a Gité in Beaune. Staying here with his family, eating and drinking local, he began to think about how long does one need before a grape is defined as local to a growing region? Ben’s pioneering spirit was born, as was his belief we are custodians of the land. Generating a family lineage within a special site became his life ambition. France can do this to you. At lunch with the family at Beau Rivage in Condrieu, he discovered the beauty of a sense of place and luxury. Exactly where The Lane’s Vineyard’s winery and dining room sit today.
The second epiphany occurred when he was seriously injured falling off a quad bike in the vineyard in 2006. During his recovery he had the opportunity to read Jancis Robinsons ‘World Atlas of wine’, not a small project! From this time of reflection and rehabilitation he gained a perspective of The Lane’s uniqueness in the luxury world of fine wine.
Ben is a graduate of the Advanced Wine Assessment Course, the Winemakers Federation of Australia Future Leader’s program and has a Masters of Business from the University of South Australia. A passionate ambassador for Wine Australia, the Adelaide Hills wine region and his family’s estate; Ben travels frequently delivering the authentic and unique message of The Lane Vineyard. Married to Nirelle with twin boys Alexander & Hugo; life is busy and rewarding.