Meet The Team

Apart from an exceptional vineyard, there is one thing you need to make great wine: a committed group of people.

Frank van de Loo, Winemaker

Frank grew up in the Adelaide Hills, at the time that market gardens were being replaced with vineyards. He took no notice, studying agricultural science and going on to a research career in plant biology. Finally, in 1998 and living in Canberra, he twigged to the fascination and the challenge of growing and making wine. A couple of vintages working in Burgundy taught him the importance of terroir, and good bread. Winemaker of the Year Finalist, 2018.

Leo Quirk, Viticulturist

After many years as an extension viticulturist with NSW Agriculture, there’s not much Leo doesn’t know about vines, and there aren’t many people you’ll meet who don’t tell you what an excellent bloke he is. Leo’s role is central to all that we do – his care and attention in the vineyard produces the fruit that drives our wine quality.

Monica Gray, Assistant Winemaker

Quietly competent, diligent and focused, Monica is Frank’s right hand. Work in the winery progresses in a timely fashion even when Frank is bogged down with ‘crap’ at his desk — winemaking involves care and attention, and it needs to come first. No compromise. Monica is completing Wine Science at Charles Sturt University, did a second 2016 vintage in Germany, as the Esther Knewitz Memorial Scholar, and will do a second 2018 vintage in the northern Rhône.

Peter Scholefield, Vineyard Hand

From a farming and shearing background, Peter helps Leo keep the vineyard in top shape, and doesn’t waste any time cutting grass between the vines with the tractor if he can get some sheep to do it for him.

Roger Ta, Cellar Door

Roger came to us with extensive wine tourism experience around the Canberra District. Studying wine in depth at Sydney Wine Academy, he has both a thirst for wine knowledge and experiences and a desire to share them.

Fergus McGhie, Sales & Marketing

Fergus wears out a lot of shoe leather selling our wine. Great at building relationships, he has a sharp wit, and an even sharper palate. Fergus has a background in restaurants, hospitality and wine retail and for many years reviewed wine for the Canberra Times.

Kate Hibberson, Marketing & Events

For Kate, nothing is too much trouble (she helps run a restaurant in her spare time). She works closely with Ferg, organises events in her sleep, and knows so much about wine that her progress through the levels of WSET was best described as meteoric. Kate is currently expanding our sales into Sydney.