Meet the team
Top Dog, and Chief Coffee Maker
In my 20’s I helped dad set up and manage our family vineyards, whilst studying a Bachelor of Business and Property. In 2000, I was awarded the Geoffrey Roberts Award for innovations in the wine industry.
I am super passionate at trying to find and implement ways to leave the planet better than we found it.
Without doubt the luckiest guy ever, as my passion became my business. I’ll get a real job soon. Unlikely though.
Nicole steers the Koonara ship. She loves working in our team to make magic happen, whether it is new release wines, events or sourcing homewares for our cellar door.
She is currenlty on the board of Women In Business and Regional Development, The President of the Riddoch Business Assocation and on the board of Mary MacKillop Memorial School.
Buster The Wonder Dog
Official Welcoming Committee
Our little Jack Russel/Fox Terrier dog who eagerly greets visitors as they come into our Cellar Door.
Buster is famous, you may have seen him in an addition of ‘Wine Dogs’, and he starred in The Big Beg advert to raises money for RSPCA. You will see him right at the end, 58 seconds in. Very cute. He is always happy to meet new visitors, and reunite with familiar faces.
What more can be said about the great man – former head Winemaker at Wynns in Coonawarra for 15 years, he spent vintages in Bordeaux with ‘Chateau Leoville Barton’, Napa Valley with Constellation, both Sicily and Tunisia with ‘Casa Vinicola Calatrasi’ and ‘Puglia’ before returning back home to Coonawarra.
A good family friend, and we are privileged to have him as our winemaker. Something not many people know is, our super premium Head Honcho, Cabernet Sauvignon is named after him.
South Australian Sales Account Manager
Irish born, Jen has worked in hospitality for over fourteen years. She lost her accent quickly (you have to in Australia) working long hours in Adelaide and Cairns, before moving to Penola for love. Lucky us!
A passionate wine lover, who learnt all she knows from her dad who has worked in the wine industry for decades. Jen covers the South Australia as our Sales Manager, servicing a number of bottleshops and restaurants. And she helps manage the Cellar Door.
Office & Logistics Manager
Caitlin in embarking on the biggest role of her life, motherhood! Caitlin and Jarrad have welcomed little baby Della Ruby Eason into the world, a little bit earlier than expected.
Caitlin will enjoy this time bringing up Della on the Farm and rejoin us in 2023.
Behind every good brand there is a great manager, and Caitlin our efficient Office Manager makes sure everything runs smoothly in all parts of the business.
Customer Service Manager
From across the bay, New Zealand, Chicago moved to Penola a couple of years ago with her family. She has since been settling into life in Coonawarra during a pandemic (which is never easy), but she has made some great friends and connections and now proudly calls it home.
Her background is in banking, so she is fabulous with systems and customer service. She loves hospitality and enjoying a Flowers for Lucy with friends.
Marketing Manager & Ballarat Sales Account Manager
Tash is a woman of many talents. She is the driving engine of our marketing department and loves making funny videos for social media.
She also drives around Ballarat and sells wine to our wholesale market.
In her spare time she is an amazing seamstress, she loves live music and a good party.