Tim grew up in WA and went to study at Roseworthy College in South Australia in 1993. Growing up as a kid, all Tim ever wanted to be was a winemaker. He completed an Honours degree in Winemaking and then started with Penfolds (which is now part of Beringer Blass), and worked with them for five or six years.
Next, Tim started his own winery in 2001, called RockBare, sourcing Chardonnay and Shiraz fruit from McLaren Vale.
Tim explains that Endeavour Vineyards has a philosophy of making wines from regions that are suited to a particular variety.
It makes a Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc brand called Catalina Sounds and also has brands from Central Otago in NZ, the Adelaide Hills and the Yarra Valley. Other brands that go to the U.S are called Jackaroo and Buckley's. These two brands represent over 100,000 cases of sales every year. And they are great for capitalising on economies of scale, especially in packaging and freight forwarding.
Tim Burvill recently swapped over to Loscam for his company’s pallets for a number of reasons. Firstly, the quality of the pallets is better, and another factor was the close connection that Ashley Wright, from John Crack Freight Forwarders, had with Nicole, the Loscam representative. Tim’s business is all about relationships, and recommendations from people that he knows and trusts go a long way with him.
Tim says the pricing was also below what he had been paying and the four-way export pallets better suit his operation. Tim’s company wants to do more exporting. It used to use export pallets and pack the wines directly into the containers. However, the US, its major market, won't allow wood pallets coming in from other countries because of quarantine restrictions, so RockBare has had to go to slip-sheets and it worked out cheaper using plain export pallets.
Tim is very happy with the service and has told a few other wineries about Loscam.