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. Frank has guided the MMV business from its first expansion in 1999 through to its next expansion in 2021, with all the refinements along the way. Gourmet Traveller WINE Winemaker of the Year Finalist, 2018, ASVO Winemaker of the Year Finalist 2020.

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.

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.

Helen Hunter, Cellar Door

Originally from an advertising and design background, Helen chose to switch career paths and pursue her true passion – wine. When she’s not pestering Frank in the winery or Leo in the vineyard, she can be found studying hard for the dipWSET.

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 had reviewed wine for the Canberra Times.

Kate Hibberson, Marketing & Events

For Kate, nothing is too much trouble (she writes the wine list at The Boat House 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.