F1 Star Daniel Ricciardo on Making His Personal Wine and Life After Racing – Robb Report

When you meet sufficient Aussies in your life, you’ll ultimately encounter one who will drink booze out of their very own shoe. And if you understand the Formulation 1 star Daniel Ricciardo, you’ve already met an aficionado of what’s dubbed the “shoey.”

The fun-loving Australian race automotive driver has punctuated his wins (of which he has eight within the high tier of the game) by chugging the celebratory Champagne from his racing boot and getting others on the rostrum to affix in with him.

Some is perhaps stunned that an individual so effectively versed at the hours of darkness arts of imbibing from a sweaty shoe would have a real appreciation for good wine, however Ricciardo does. A lot in order that the McLaren driver has partnered with Australian producer St. Hugo and its head winemaker Peter Munro to make his personal Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz.

The collaboration, known as DR3 after his F1 automotive quantity, debuted final yr in Australia, rapidly promoting out. This yr, the second version has a 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon from the South Australia wine area of Coonawarra in addition to a 2020 Shiraz blended from grapes throughout a number of rising areas Down Below. The most recent duo of wines dropped in Australia earlier this yr together with a $700 crystal decanter formed like his racing boot—which bought out in only a week.

He’s held a few of that wine again although, with plans to promote it in America this fall. So, as Ricciardo takes the F1 summer season break (races don’t resume till August 28), he’s traveled to the states to speak concerning the wine earlier than the ready record to buy a bottle within the US opens on August 4. And although he calls his wine collaboration a wholesome distraction from the grind of the racing calendar, there’s nonetheless no avoiding the game’s “foolish season.” With the scheduled break day from racing, folks across the sport are filling the void with wild hypothesis on behind-the-scenes strikes and what groups drivers will probably be on subsequent yr. And he’s as soon as once more discovered himself a subject of that gleeful parlor sport amongst Formulation 1’s followers and pundits, within the face of it he has lately reaffirmed his dedication to McLaren for 2023.

So we sat down with Ricciardo and St. Hugo’s Munro to speak wine, the expansion of F1, the impression of Drive to Survive and life after racing.

How did you first join with St. Hugo to kick off this wine partnership?

Daniel Ricciardo: I feel it was 2020—or 2019—I get so confused due to Covid. It was on the monitor by F1 at Melbourne and we obtained related—however I’d identified St. Hugo just about all my life—after which all of it took off fairly rapidly after that.

Why did you suppose a collaboration with St. Hugo was a match for you?

DR: I get a variety of alternatives thrown my approach, however this was one thing that not solely I feel is enjoyable, however I used to be captivated with it. To provide you some background, I grew up round wine. I’ve obtained an Italian background so there was all the time wine on the desk with household all the time consuming dinner collectively—no TV on the desk. Dad and [my grandfather] would do home made wine, which might style like vinegar, so it was all the time one thing I used to be concerned with. In fact, not within the skilled sense, however similar to a little bit of a lifestyle. As soon as we obtained speaking, I used to be bought straightaway. Being an Australian firm and an Australian model, that was the final tick of the field.

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Shiraz is certainly one of Ricciardo’s favourite varietals. 

DR3 x St Hugo

Once you’re ingesting wine, what do you lean towards—any favorites?

DR: I get slightly little bit of it from my dad, as a result of he collects wine and has a cellar, so early on I discovered from him. When doubtful, I’m a Shiraz and a Cab Sav. It’s very patriotic of me that I do love an Australian Shiraz, that’s my favourite. I do love American Cabs, too.

With dad, as I mentioned, he would attempt to make some home made stuff and at occasions I used to be postpone by wine as a result of it tastes like his stuff [laughs]. He’s most likely by no means going to learn this so I can say it, his stuff was actually dangerous. I’m the one now filling good bottles to his assortment. I’m like, “dad, drink the good things. You’re beginning to get on so no less than have the good things for the remainder of your life [laughs].”

We’ve profiled CJ McCollum, an NBA star who additionally makes wine, and he mentioned how there’s an actual group within the league of wine lovers—have you ever discovered the identical factor in F1 the place you discuss wine with a few of the guys?

DR: Just a few days in the past I gave Valtteri Bottas a bottle of the yr one, I gave it to him after the motive force’s assembly on Friday—he’s massively into wine and Australian wine, too—and requested him to let me know what he thought. I noticed him on Saturday and he mentioned “Oh, it’s actually good.” And I used to be like, “You had it final night time?!”

I’ve given a bottle to Pierre Gasly as effectively and to some group group managers as effectively different groups. So, yeah, there’s a little little bit of sharing wine collectively occurring.

The Cabs are grown in Coonawara, how would you describe that rising area, Peter?

Peter Munro: It’s fairly a cool area and the way in which I describe the Cabernet, for me, it’s fairly a severe wine. So, whenever you’re with pals and the dialog begins to into the significant, that’s the place the Cabernet involves the fore, whereas the Shiraz is a bit more open and fruit ahead.

You’ve described the DR3 Cab as a departure from the St. Hugo home type, how would say it differs?

PM: It’s obtained extra opulent fruit, actually fairly darkish blackberry characters, whereas St. Hugo might be slightly extra restrained and structural. It’s simply letting the fruit come to the fore and be fairly expressive.

With regards to the Shiraz, how would you describe the areas you’re pulling from there to mix?

PM: The Shiraz comes from completely different areas all through South Australia and it’s slightly like California—actually blessed with superb completely different wine areas—and we will select for various traits throughout three or 4 completely different areas.

You’ve described the DR3 mix as a contemporary tackle Australian Shiraz—how is it differing from custom and what folks have come to anticipate of Shiraz?

PM: It’s trendy in that it’s most likely slightly extra fruit-forward. Daniel may be very a lot about having this highly effective, ripe, beneficiant fruit and in order that generosity comes by within the wines. Subsequently, I’d describe that as slightly extra trendy type versus being slightly bit extra tannic and structured.

DR3 x St Hugo wines

Each bottles will go on sale within the US this fall. 

DR3 x St Hugo

You talked about what Daniel likes, how do you two work collectively to create the wines—and the way was the primary yr completely different than the second?

DR: So yr one was fairly restricted with Covid and journey and never having the ability to on the bottom. And I used to be additionally making an attempt to teach myself by Pete and work out what I like and what I’m capable of style and describe. After which yr two, that’s once we actually obtained into mixing collectively and that was the correct tutorial. We began going backwards and forwards making an attempt to get the blends and mixing a ton collectively.

Have been you capable of relate it to your day job?

DR: I really feel like there’s a variety of methods I can relate to the method when it comes to there’s a variety of technical stuff that’s the identical as Formulation 1, like once we’re going backwards and forwards with the engineers making an attempt to high-quality tune the automotive so it’s extra comfy for me. A number of the terminology is kind of related, and we’ll shuttle with Pete and myself. It’s all simply small particulars, and that’s what’s actually enjoyable whenever you’re making an attempt to chase that excellent style, no matter that excellent style is for you.

PM: And Daniel is definitely excellent once we’re going by all of the mix elements and having the ability to choose what every part brings to that mix. That’s the fascinating factor about mixing: Nothing is ideal, however you bought to tug a variety of various things collectively to make the proper one. I’ve been very impressed along with his palate and his means to speak that.

Danny, have you ever drunk this out of your shoe but?

DR: Humorous factor, you’re not the primary individual to ask me this.

Your fame precedes you.

DR: I really feel it’s too good to do this. However once we obtained into yr two, you sit within the desk and provide you with all these concepts and that was one, we obtained to get you doing a shoey with this. And lo and behold, we’ve ended up doing a shoey decanter, which we had been like, “I don’t know are we pushing it too far?” Then the bloody factor bought out in seven days and I used to be like what the hell? So, there’s an urge for food for footwear and wine, I imagine [laughs].

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Ricciardo has made the shoey a podium custom. 

Clive Mason – Formulation 1/Formulation 1 by way of Getty Photos

I’m positive the corporate [Ferrari Trento] that sponsors the glowing wine you guys spray on the F1 podium will probably be glad to listen to your wine is just too good to drink out of a shoe, however theirs is suited to it.

DR: Precisely

Will you make extra of the decanters?

DR: We’re undecided but. Would there be a requirement? I’d say so contemplating how they flew off the shelf, however they had been meant to be one thing collectible, so we’ll see. It’s one thing we’ll talk about, however there’s no concrete plan.

You talked about earlier you get a variety of alternatives coming your approach, and I’m curious what the impact of Drive to Survive has been on that for you. I got here to the game by watching the Netflix present, and it popped up round midway by your F1 profession, so have you ever been capable of inform the distinction for the reason that present debuted?

DR: It’s modified it drastically. There’s all the time been sure locations all over the world the place we race they usually’ve had an F1 fanbase—you go to some locations and also you’ll have a sea of followers exterior of your resort, and now that’s each race. There aren’t any extra quiet races. I spend a fairly a little bit of time within the States and the States was the quiet place, and now there are such a lot of extra F1 followers right here. It’s fairly nuts what that present has achieved for the game.

How so?

DR: You recognize it was all the time a sport the place it was very non-public and closed doorways. And I feel it’s a really cool sport, that the rationale I obtained into it. I beloved it and I simply don’t suppose it had visibility. Now that it’s got visibility persons are like “Oh shit, yeah, that is truly cool.” You simply needed to put it in entrance of individuals they usually had been naturally going to be drawn to it.

After I’ve spoken to athletes about tasks like beginning a wine, they’ve mentioned they’re enthusiastic about organising their post-career whereas they play. Do you see this wine as one thing to steer you into after racing and what do you need to do in your life after F1?

DR: I simply turned 33, so with maturity and slightly little bit of knowledge you do begin enthusiastic about how this isn’t going to final without end and in some unspecified time in the future there will probably be life after F1. I give it a little bit of thought, however for now if I’m having enjoyable and and having fun with the chance and studying from it. I’ll proceed to do it and if it grows into one thing that I can proceed after F1, superior. However with the F1 schedule and all the things that goes on, it’s actually good to have a wholesome distraction and different hobbies in order that I can change off from racing. So, is that this one thing I get pleasure from so much and will I see myself persevering with for a very long time? I’d wish to suppose so.

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