A ‘mostly’ portrait and ‘brief’ interview series by professional photographer Pete Thornton exploring the idea that one image has the power to tell the whole story. Each ‘sitter’ suggests the next person to be photographed in this series, and thus ensues an interesting and unknown trail of Barossa identities to come.

Stay tuned… Pete.


Victoria McClurg, Image by Pete Thornton of What Pete Shot. The second in a series of portraits on Barossa identities.


Victoria McClurg

Based firmly and proudly in the tradition of ‘Artisanal’, Victoria hangs on to the notion that keeping a ‘hands on’ approach and remaining relatively boutique is one of the key ingredients to the longevity of the Barossa Valley Cheese Company’s 15-year journey.  It’s one of the hallmarks of a business that has grown to be a must visit for tourists and locals alike, adding another flavour to the Valleys offerings beyond the wines.

Victoria recognises that her cheese is only as good as the milk her farmers can provide, and to that end she understands the importance of supporting her suppliers, working with them and ensuring respect is maintained for their hard work and efforts. ‘Farmers are the most stoic of people I know. Regardless what nature throws at them they simply keep coming back for more’.

Starting out her career as a wine maker the cross over into the cheese making world was a natural and exciting progression for Victoria. Ultimately, both the wine and cheese worlds require a masterly understanding of the fermentation process to craft the beautiful produce that comes from it. And let’s face it, who can resist either a wine or a ‘gooey’ wedge of cheese!