Jonathon grew up in Inner Mongolia in a family that was steeped in the wine industry. He could tell his spirits apart from the young age of five.
Before launching a career in the wine industry, Jonathon was an engineer who worked on notable construction projects such as the Beijing Subway and the Beijing Olympic Gym, after obtaining a civil engineering degree from Beijing Jiaotong University. Eager to further his education, Jonathon moved to Australia to complete a Master of Project Management at the University of Wollongong, NSW. He then worked in the Chinese wine export industry for several years, developing special expertise in wine exports and winery asset acquisition.
In 2010, Jonathon made his first trip to Adelaide to visit a friend and saw South Australia as a strategic place to establish a wine business. In May 2013, he established Orchid Wine Estate with his business partner Jason. They exported three containers the first year, but with dedication and perseverance, they grew their exports to 200 containers within a short span of two years.
Jonathon’s experience in construction is instrumental in managing the establishment of Harbour Bottling warehouses.
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