- Top Dog, coffee maker
I helped dad set up and manage
our family vineyards for years, I completed a Bachelor of Business & Property,
and was awarded the Geoffrey Roberts Award for innovations in
the wine industry in 2000. I also do a spot of wine writing, and
is getting better at taking photos (almost all the photos on
the website are taken by me - the others by Shane Reid).
I rate myself the luckiest guy ever, as my
obsession became my business. I'll get a real job soon.
Reschke - Chief
My offsider, and possibly one of the most
beautiful people in the world, inside and out. Was poached
by me from the Hyatt Hotel chain, where she spent
years internationally working her way up through the ranks.
Her last job was the conference
manager at the 6-star Park Hyatt in Melbourne, where her
super-efficiency meant they had to replace her with two
She is also in charge of stopping me buying
more wine than I can afford. Or drink.
Peter Douglas - Winemaker
can be said about the great man - Head Winemaker at Wynns in
Coonawarra for 15 years, 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.
Mum has been a local Councillor for years, and is on
boards around the area too numerous to mention. She is an
avid supporter of local tourism, having been on the
Limestone Coast Tourism committee for even longer than
council. You might often see her face helping out in the
cellar door. And of course she's my
mum - so we love her to bits.
(15th May 1945 - 21st June 2008)
An avid clay target shooter, he was selected in the
Australian team for the American Nationals in 1980, and missed out on
the Tokyo Olympics for pistol shooting by 1 point (Trev went
back later that day after the trials were over with a different gun
and scored easily enough to get in. He was a renown breeder of cattle, with agricultural colleges coming to the
property each year to look at his unique cattle breeding
"Wine Hobbyist" is probably how he would
have described himself.
Dad planted the vines on the home Block in 1988, for no real
reason than he "would like to play around with my own wine
one day." In 1992 he started that playing around, getting 30
cases made at a friends winery each year, until 1997 when
Stan Gawel - our good friend and now distributor in
Melbourne - decided to make some wine from the original
were put into half bottles, shipped to England, and promptly
snapped up by Andrew Lloyd Webber.
He was a great man, and will
be sorely missed. More
Official welcoming committee at the Cellar Door
little Jack Russel/Fox terrier dog who eagerly greets
visitors as they come into the cellar door. He features in
the recent addition of 'Wine Dogs'. He is always happy to
meet new visitors and reunite with familiar faces.