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Winemaking team
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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

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Adrian Santolin

Chief 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

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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

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Ben Dolan

Site Manager

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

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Raphael Michael

Assistant Winemaker

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

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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

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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

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Liam Macey

Cellar

Years in Industry: 3.5
Regions worked in: Yarra Valley
Previous life: Duty manager at a winery and restaurant
Character Quirk: : loves to belt out a Daryl Braithwaite tune on a Friday arvo, occasionally dabbles with his own ferments in his backyard

Sales + Marketing team
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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

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Meg Brodtmann MW

Education + Global Outreach

Years in Industry: 25
Regions: Yarra Valley, France: Loire Valley (Muscadet, Vouvray, Touraine, Chinon, Saumur), Bordeaux (Gironde, St Estephe), Cahors, Armagnac, Languedoc, Roussillon; Spain: Extremadura, Valdepenas, La Mancha; Germany: Rheinhessen, Rheingau; Bulgaria, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Cyprus, Chile, Argentina
Previous life: Medical researcher in Immunology
Quirks: Obsessed with American politics!

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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

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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

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Mel Gilcrist

Marketing + Communications Manager

Years in industry: 6
Regions/ markets: Barossa, Marlborough, Rioja, Sonoma, Toronto, Montreal, Sydney, Yarra Valley
Previous Life: Dairy industry communications, Wine Ambassador in Canada, corporate wine marketing
Character Quirks: FOMO! I rarely miss an event or gathering because I have Fear Of Missing Out!

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Tori Scholten

Brand Coordinator

Years in industry: This is my very first!
Regions: Yarra Valley
Previous Life: Worked in marketing at a tech company
Character Quirks: Can easily smash a kilo of olives in less than 10 minutes, too proud of her tomato plants.

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Tayla McKay

Cellar Door + Events 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

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Lucie Aperloo

Cellar Door Wine Specialist

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

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Tess Dolan

Cellar Door Wine Specialist

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

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Scott Fitzgerald

Cellar Door Wine Specialist

Years in industry: 6
Regions worked in: Yarra Valley, Mornington Peninsula, Hunter Valley
Previous life: Baker and Pastry Chef
Quirks: Great dark and witty sense of humour and lover of all things chardonnay

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Holly O’Leary

Cellar Door Wine Specialist

Years in industry: In my first year
Regions worked in: Yarra Valley
Main gig: University Student – Studying Commerce
Character quirks: Loves roadtrips, everything pink, fur-babies and a good wine and cheese session. Is a grandma 90% of the time and likes to party for the remaining 10%, has questionable OCD.

Jess Phillippi

Cellar Door Wine Specialist

Years in industry: Newbie this year!
Regions worked in: Yarra Valley
Main gig: Actor, singer and dancer working in the theatre industry
Character Quirk: Loves hosting a dinner party and can whip up a seriously good vegan dish! Mum to a 17 year old cat and will happily show photos on request.

Finance team
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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

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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
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Merlot

Chief Cuddle Officer

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

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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

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Zoe

The Wine Princess

Belongs to: Mel
Years at winery: 1
Quirk: Too sasssy for her own good, the ultimate socialite, loves a cuddle.

Hector

King of the Barrel Room

Belongs to: Meg
Years at winery: 1
Quirk: Loves finding hiding places around the winery!

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