Our People

Winemaking Team

Rob Dolan

Winemaker + Managing Director

Years in Industry: 36

Regions worked in: Yarra Valley, Hunter Valley, Coonawarra

Previous life: Physical Education Teacher, Psychologist and Footballer

Character Quirk: Always at stage 5 of a 20 point plan, invented the terrine sandwich, favourite songs are Kokomo by The Beach Boys and Sugarman by Rodriguez

Adrian Santolin

Group Winemaker

Years in Industry: 18
Regions worked in: Yarra Valley, Sunbury, Hunter Valley, Riverina, Franciacorta (Italy) + Veneto (Italy)
Previous life: Sports Management
Character Quirk: Wants to bring back the 90’s

Kathy McBride

Winemaker

Years in Industry: 5
Regions worked in: Yarra Valley, Margaret River + Willamette Valley (Oregon, USA)
Previous life: Gymnastics Coach, Event Director and Celebrity Babysitter in five star hotels
Character Quirk: Regrets missing the 2018 Fish Creek Tea Cosy Festival, drives a car that resembles a jelly bean

Han Gao

Winemaker

Years in Industry: 10
Regions worked in: Yarra Valley, Riverland, Pipers River, Bretzfeld (Germany) + Sancere (France)
Previous life: Student – Bachelor of Science + Engineering, Master of Oenology and Viticulture
Character Quirk: One of the best Chinese exports you’ll find, has a talent for disarming people with her sharp sense of humour

Ben Dolan

Cellar / Brand Ambassador

Years in Industry: 5
Regions worked in: Yarra Valley, Hunter Valley, Central Otago (NZ) + Napa Valley (California, USA), Burgundy (France)
Previous life: Business/Sports Management Student
Character Quirk: Can kick a footy from one end of the winery to the other, enjoys annoying his mother Jude, not adverse to playing strip ping pong in the winery with his brother Max

Peta Carlson

Laboratory Technician

Years in Industry: 6
Regions worked in: Yarra Valley
Previous life: Myotherapist
Character Quirk: 50% human, 50% hot cross bun, queen of the bitmoji

Luke McNamara

Cellar / Cellar Door Sales

Years in Industry: 2
Regions worked in: Yarra Valley, Willamette Valley (Oregon, USA) + Burgundy (France)
Previous life: Fine Dining, Bartending, Golf Club Manager + Globetrotter
Character Quirk: Precise arranger of toast points, borderline OCD, has travelled to over 50 countries

Raphael Michael

Cellar

Years in Industry: 2 (paid anyway!)
Regions worked in: Yarra Valley
Previous life: Student – Major in Chemistry + Microbiology, grew up working on his family vineyard
Character Quirk: Lunch room quiz master, creator of hot sauce

Llewellyn Sadlier

Cellar

Years in Industry: 2 (paid anyway!)
Regions worked in: Yarra Valley
Previous life: Billanook College Student, grew up working on his family vineyard
Character Quirk: Suspected love child of Tim, tells great stories – minus a punchline

Sales + Marketing Team

Kate McGee

Head of Sales + Marketing

Years in Industry: 7
Regions: Yarra Valley + Coonawarra
Previous life: Commercial Real Estate
Quirks: finds her own jokes funny + holds office record for most emails sent in a single day

Sage Wang

Export Manager – China

Years in industry: 8
Regions: Represented wine companies in Yarra Valley and South Australia
Previous Life: Worked in an accounting firm
Quirks: has a wicked and unsuspecting sense of humour

Courtney Hill

Direct Sales + Wine Club Manager

Years in industry: 13
Regions: Yarra Valley
Previous Life: Student – Diploma of Viticulture & Environmental Science Degree
Quirks: pizza enthusiast, enjoys eating dinner for breakfast

Jess Faithful

National Account Manager

Years in industry: 6
Regions: Yarra Valley, Mendoza
Previous Life: wholesaler of wine, account management + labour hire
Character Quirks: lover of money magazine, Scott Pape + Aussie bulldogs

Mel Gilcrist

Cellar Door Manager

Years in industry: 5 years working in wine, 7 years exploring and blogging about wine
Regions: I worked and trained in wineries in Barossa (AU), Marlborough (NZ), Rioja (SPN), Sonoma Valley (USA).. then worked in wine in Montreal, Toronto and Sydney
Previous Life: I worked in communications in the dairy industry.. until I realised that wine is more fun than milk 😉
Character Quirks: FOMO! I rarely miss an event or gathering because I have Fear Of Missing Out!

Tayla McKay

Events + Communications Coordinator, Assistant Cellar Door Manager

Years in industry: 2.5
Regions worked in: Yarra Valley
Previous life: student, waitress + bartender
Character Quirk: has travelled to 24 countries, usually the loudest person in the room, slightly eccentric, loves a gravy and chippy sammy

Max Dolan

Cellar Door Sales

Years in industry: 3
Regions: Yarra Valley
Main gig: University Student – Project Management
Character Quirk: it once took him three days to build a flat pack cupboard, knows all the good hiding places in the cellar

Tess Dolan

Cellar Door Sales

Years in industry: 5
Regions: Yarra Valley
Main gig: Public Relations, Architecture + Interior Design
Character Quirk: can regularly be spotted with a glass of Blanc de Blanc in hand

Maddie Stafford

Cellar Door Sales

Years in industry: 3
Regions worked in: Yarra Valley
Main gig: Physio
Character Quirk: loves to give a warm welcome to all of the customers – human and furry! strictly no physio talks over the bar..

Ally Faithful

PR + Media Relations

Years in industry: 4
Regions worked in: Yarra Valley + Otago (NZ)
Previous life: small business owner + event manager
Character Quirk: loves a good spreadsheet, playlists range from Pearl Jam to Les Miserables, only knows one joke

Lucie Aperloo

Cellar Door Sales

Years in industry: 3
Regions worked in: Yarra Valley
Main gig: University Student – Primary Education and Education Support Officer at a primary school
Character Quirk: wines is not a passion for Lucie, it’s a necessity. She can often be found eating a chip and gravy sammy with Tayla in the office

Finance Team

Bruce Phillips

CFO

Years in industry: 17
Regions: Yarra Valley, Nagambie, Yea Valley + Bendigo
Previous Life: everything from shearing, to driving trucks, selling photocopiers + saving lives
Character Quirks: best Grandpa in the world, cracker of Dad jokes, maker of home brew. Thinks it’s the 1980’s

Rachael Hayward

Accounts + Payroll

Years in industry: 15
Regions worked in: Yarra Valley
Previous life: various roles in Medical + Dental industries
Character Quirk: queen of cake decorating, has clocked up more km’s than the Leyland Brothers running her two boys around

Our Wine Dogs

Merlo

Operations Manager

Belongs to: The Dolans

Years at winery: 3

Quirk: Loves a dip in the fountain and drying off on customers at cellar door, doesn’t understand the definition of no

Hermes

Guardian of the Laboratory

Belongs to: Peta

Years at winery: 6

Quirk: Serial puppy biter, sits at the table like a human in the lunch room

Billie

The Matriarch

Belongs to: Tim

Years at winery: 7

Quirk: Enjoys long walks and swims at the beach; has a rich, full bodied aroma

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