Steve comes from an unlikely background for the career he chose. Although he grew up in an area that isn’t well-known for its wines, he found after-school work at the sole local winery. Steve being Steve, after-school time was soon encroaching on supposed-to-be-at-school time. He had found his calling at an early age.
Steve realised that a career in winemaking would mean overcoming his aversion to the classroom and enrolled at Roseworthy Agricultural College, near Adelaide, Australia, taking on one of the most respected winemaking courses available anywhere in the world.
On completion of his degree in Wine Science, Steve returned to New Zealand, working initially with the legendary John Hancock at Morton Estate.
By the time Steve and his business partners launched Thornbury Vineyards, his wine-making skills were abundantly clear and he was producing internationally acclaimed wines. When Villa Maria Estate acquired Thornbury Wines in 2005, Steve and Caroline were able to pursue their dream of their own family winery and Steve Bird Winery and Vineyards came to be.