Mitchelton

Top Dutch rider Annemiek van Vleuten (right) is the lead rider for the Mitchelton Scott women’s cycling team. Photograph: Cor Vos.

We all know the team as Mitchelton Scott, but as most readers probably know that Scott is a brand of excellent bicycles and cycling equipment, what does Mitchelton do? Mitchelton is in fact an Australian vineyard and winery, specialised in making Shiraz, Riesling and Rhone blend wines ‘from grape to glass’. Mitchelton also has a top-of-the-range hotel of the same name, boasting a 55-metre-high tower, which features on the wine’s labels.┬áThe company’s main vineyards are on the Mitchelton Estate in Victoria. The winery itself is named after the historic Scottish explorer Sir Thomas Mitchell.

As sponsor of the men and women’s cycling team, Mitchelton said of Simon Yates’ Tour of Spain victory in 2018: “We couldn’t be happier, being the first for an Australian-owned team in history.” They added: “It’s a dream for many, and a lot of hard work has made this a reality, not without mentioning the ongoing support of our cycling community.”

Simon Yates in the Tour of Spain’s winner’s red jersey in 2018. Photograph: Cor Vos.