Meet the Driver: John Murphy

John Murphy, our resident John Murphy, will be introduced in this month’s ‘Meet the Driver.’

John, AKA Spud, grew up in a family of wine lovers. His father worked for a company that developed the Stelvin screw cap and bag used for box packaging as well as Vinofill’s bottling system. John’s father was a winemaker, so it’s no surprise that he developed a love for Australia’s rich history of viticulture.


John has worked in theatre restaurants and tourism businesses and held various positions in Australian tourism associations.


John began his involvement with the Australian Wine Tour Company in 2008. He accompanied our wine-loving clients on tours through the Yarra Valley. John’s friendly smile was first seen on our tour bus after the Black Saturday Fires in 2009.


John, our driver of choice, is a fascinating character. See the rest of John’s interview below!


How would you describe yourself in three words?


I would say that you are passionate, curious, and funny.


What is your favorite part of your job?


“I love my job for many reasons, but getting to know my clients is the best.”


What is your favorite destination in the Yarra Valley?


“I do. “I’d have no choice but Yering Farm.”


What is your favorite type of wine?


“Pinot Noir.”


What is the most interesting thing about the Yarra Valley and its vineyards for you?


It always amazes me how welcoming and friendly all wineries are towards visitors. It’s great to feel treated like family.


What would your perfect day look like?


My perfect day would consist of driving somewhere new with my spouse, meeting the locals, and discovering the history of the area. I’d also enjoy the beautiful scenery.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *