The People – The Cutting | Barossa Valley
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The People

Each step of the process is handled with care. From picking the grapes to fermentation and blending, we do everything ourselves, by hand and with love. 


Family bonds are the most powerful roots of our vineyard. The vineyard was owned by Daniel’s parents who farmed the land for many years before we took over.

The Shiraz vines were planted in 1998. Once the vineyard was established, local winemakers were supplied with grapes. With Rod’s farming background and Daniel’s viticultural input, the father and son duo soon produced premium quality fruit. A quality reflected in the single vineyard Shiraz wines produced by local winemakers.

A few years later Daniel and Belinda met between the vines in Sonoma California. A meeting that would ultimately lead to the creation of the award-winning Shiraz, at The Cutting vineyard in the famed Stone Well sub-region of the Barossa Valley.

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Belinda leaning on barrels

Belinda amongst wine barrels

Belinda van Eyssen

The Winemaker

Belinda has worked in some of the world’s most famous wine regions in the world. Her experience includes the regions of  Bordeaux, Marlborough, Sonoma (California), and the Douro Valley (Portugal). In her home country of South Africa, she was a winemaker in Paarl, a region well known for Shiraz and an experience that would ultimately serve her well. Moving to Australia in 2010, she gained experience in wineries in the Barossa Valley and Langhorne Creek before ultimately taking over winemaking duties for the family business with her husband, viticulturist Daniel McDonald.

A mother of two young boys, life is busy for Belinda. Her favourite time of year is vintage when her stained red fingertips reflect the meticulous hours spent in The Cutting winery. Belinda brings a fresh, international perspective while respecting Barossa traditions.


Daniel sitting on a tractor

Daniel McDonald

The Viticulturist

Barossa boy Daniel was raised on The Cutting property.  He spent his formative years running through the vines that were essentially his backyard. Daniel received his viticulture degree in 2002. Post studies, he gained experience in Langhorne Creek, the Limestone Coast and Barossa. International learning stints included the Sonoma Valley in California and the Rheingau in Germany. Daniel has spent more than a decade in a large winery setting working in the field of grape logistics and wine purchasing. His true passion remains in the vineyard. He’s happiest when tending the Shiraz vines at home on the family block at Stone Well, driving the tractor the short distance to the winery and working with winemakers to ensure optimal harvest decisions from The Cutting vineyard.