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.
Sideline obsessions include; creating art with my two little girls, photography, music, and innovation and design.
Without doubt the luckiest guy ever, as my passion became my business. I’ll get a real job soon. Unlikely though.
Director, and Chief Financial Officer
My offsider, and possibly one of the most beautiful people in the world, inside and out.
Before Koonara, Nicole worked for the Hyatt Hotel chain, where she spent years abroad working her way up through the ranks. Her last job was the Conference Manager at the 6-star Park Hyatt in Melbourne.
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.
Limestone Coast 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 also covers the Limestone Coast as our Sales Manager, servicing a number of bottleshops and restaurants.
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.
Office & Logistics Manager
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.
Caitlin moved to Penola three years ago and lives on a farm with her husband Jarrad.
A lover of our ‘famous’ Flowers for Lucy, Caitlin enjoys sharing a wine with friends.