There were few people employed by Montrose; two men, a secretary, an engineer-fitter and four permanent employees to tend the vineyards. Casual labour was brought in for the bottling and the labelling. Corino was the only Italian.
The beginning was difficult for Corino. Viticulture in Australia was very different from Italy, where the main problem was too much rain, while in Australia the opposite was the case. Also, he had to understand which sort of wine he was supposed to produce and which type of grapes to use.