Michael is from Melbourne and is a former Dux of the Roseworthy College Wine Marketing course. Following extensive experience in the retail trade in the early 1980s, Michael joined W. J. Seabrook where he became a shareholder and partner, fulfilling the role of Sales and Marketing Director. During this period, he worked with some of the leading wine producers in Italy, developing a keen interest in quality Italian wine.
In 1992, Michael went to live and work in Milan, spending two years with the leading shippers of Italian wine, Neil and Maria Empson.
He then returned to Australia to start his own Italian wine distribution and marketing company - Trembath& Taylor Pty Ltd - together with his business partners Virginia Taylor and latterly, Matt Paul. The portfolio includes such leading Italian producers as Bollini, Pieropan, Marcarini, Jermann, Felsinaand UmaniRonchiand the company operates nationally, delivering daily to fine wine retailers and restaurants and online at www.vinoitaliano.com.au.
Michael maintains close contact with these producers and the industry in general through regular travel; in 2017 he made his 46th trip to Italy.
Michael is well-known in hospitality circles through his work with Slow Food, the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, GUSTO, various educational institutions and numerous trade and corporate presentations.
A keen golfer, Michael is also a principal of Golf and Wine in Italy, a company specializing in tours that combine his two main interests.
Elizabeth is a cook and gardener. She ran her own business making chocolates and cakes for all occasions for 23 years and retired in 2014, hence the name Cioccolata Bella! In April 2019 Elizabeth and Michael moved to Yea to live their long awaited dream of living in the country. Elizabeth now manages the property using Permaculture principals and biodynamic methods. They hope to soon host guests at their property for education days and ‘Paddock to Plate’ lunches.
It was in 1995 that Elizabeth discovered her obsession for Italy during a 4-month European holiday. “The moment I arrived in Italy I knew that the country would become a big part of my life. When I got to Rome I immediately threw a coin over my shoulder into the TreviFountain as a guarantee of my return.” Return she did on many occasions over the years!
Fate sealed her Italian obsession when she met her life partner Michael Trembath. They travel to Italy regularly, searching out new undiscovered places and hosting gourmet food and wine tours for small groups.