Meet the Makers
We're a wild bunch.
At Fowles, we are a motley crew of raconteurs and entrepreneurs, auctioneers, law men, farmers, hunters and wine makers. From the frontier land, our forefathers (and mothers) founded what is now Bendigo Bank. Since then, we've gone wild, settling into a life on the land.
Vigneron, hunter and farmer, Matt Fowles raises the bar, swapping the vitriol of the courtroom for the vineyards of the Strathbogie Ranges. Matt leads a team of characters making wine with character.
Since the gold rush in the 1800's to the first blush of spring every year since, our team of passionate producers continue to break ground. From our family to our friends, it's our hardworking team behind the scenery that pour everything into making Fowles Wine one of Australia's finest cool climate wine producers and one of Victoria's most welcoming farm, food and wine experiences.
Matt Fowles, a former lawyer who swapped the vitriol for the vineyard, is an avid food and wine man. While his chief responsibility is the business of wine, he spends much of his time feeding his connection to the Strathbogie Ranges. Whether that is time in the vineyard, playing with wine or hunting for his table – he truly understands this land. Matt is also the man behind the innovative Ladies who Shoot their Lunch wine – the world's first wine to be blended to complement wild game meat. In 2007, Matt was selected as part of the 'Future Leaders' program aimed at fostering the next generation of wine industry leaders. The program is run by peak industry bodies; the Winemakers' Federation of Australia and Wine Australia. Matt now sits with the Winemakers' Federation of Australia.
Matt loves: Ladies who Shoot their Lunch | Chardonnay
Luise Fowles began her career in graphic design and account management with one of the biggest advertising agencies in the world.
Working with major brands such as Nestle, Uncle Tobys, TAC, Kraft, Ford and Yellow Pages Luise brings significant branding and design expertise to her role at Fowles Wine.
She is the creative powerhouse behind the branding and design – including the distinctive Ladies who Shoot their Lunch brand – of all Fowles Wine marketing material.
When she isn't roaming the hills with Matt and their daughters Lilli, Mathilda and Ella looking for something tasty for dinner she can be found in front of her Mac coming up with funky designs.
Lu loves: Stone Dwellers | Rose
Victor Nash began his career as an aeronautical engineer with the Benetton Formula One team before realizing it was winemaking not fast cars that made his pulse race.
With a Bachelor of Applied Science (Wine Science) from Charles Sturt University, Victor began his career in winemaking in 1999 at Katnook Estate in Coonawarra before going on to spend time at Briar Ridge in the Hunter Valley.
With a passion for the great French varietals of Burgundy, Bordeaux and the Rhone, Victor was lured to Strathbogie Ranges in 2002 by distinctive and exciting qualities of our fruit and has been crafting Fowles Wine ever since. A finalist in the Young Australian Winemaker of Year competition in 2005, Victor is the Director of the Victorian Wines Show and the talent behind our award winning wines.
Victor lives in Avenel with his wife Jo and their ever growing family!
Victor loves: Ladies who shoot their Lunch | Chardonnay
Lindsay Brown spent 17 years as a research scientist at the Commonwealth Serum Laboratories in Melbourne before becoming a winemaker.
In 2001 Lindsay completed a Bachelor of Applied Science (Wine Science) at Charles Sturt University before working at Rutherglen Estates Winery in Victoria and later Miranda Wines in Griffith, New South Wales where he rose to become Senior Winemaker.
Lindsay joined Fowles Wine in 2006 bringing with him considerable experience of crafting red and botrytised (sweet) wines and a passion for Central Victorian Shiraz. As well as being a talented wine maker, Lindsay is also the main contact for smaller wineries for which we make wine on behalf of. Lindsay is currently on the Victorian Wines Show Committee. He lives with his partner Marta on Upton Hill near the winery and is a dedicated supporter of the Melbourne Football Club.
Lindsay loves: Upton Run | Riesling
Tracie began her career working for a chartered accounting firm and after qualifying as a Chartered Accountant, Tracie “saw the light” and progressed her career into a number of different industries including logistics and advertising. Before joining Fowles Wine in 2015, Tracie worked as the Commercial Manager for the Lavazza Coffee brand, and has previously worked with wine brands such as Catalina Sounds, Mojo, and RockBare. Now a member of the senior management team at Fowles Wine, Tracie leads our business department in all aspects of commercial strategy and integration.
Tracie loves: Stone Dweller | Riesling
Allan heads up the Fowles Wine Sales Team and looks after all key accounts. Allan joined Fowles Wine in 2009 bringing with him a strong background in retail and eight years wine industry experience. A keen golfer, when he's not hanging out with his wife and sons Cooper & Jackson he can be found on the tee. Call Allan 0458 304 050
Allan loves: Ladies who shoot their Lunch | Riesling
Ben joined the Fowles Wine team in 2016, bringing with him a wealth of knowledge and experience. An Aussie born and bred, Ben has spent the past 18 years working in the Australian wine community in the USA, most recently with Wine Australia.
Ben resides in beautiful New Jersey, with his wife and three children. When not on the road, you may find him at the kids' sporting events, in the kitchen cooking up a storm, or sneaking in a swim at the local pool.
Call Ben: US Cell - 646.345.8992
Chris started his career in the wine industry in 2003 at the ripe old age of 22 and continues his passion for wine and sales today. With over 10 years of wine sales experience as a distributor and supplier with family-owned wineries, Fowles Wine is a natural fit for Chris’ abilities. A California native, Chris currently resides in Austin, TX. When he is not spreading the word about Fowles Wine, you can find him attempting rock stardom on guitar or testing his irons on the tee. Call Chris: US Cell – 415.656.6251
Chris loves: Ladies who shoot their Lunch | Chardonnay
Jeanmarie fell in love with the wine industry after working part time at a Cellar Door tasting room in Charlottesville, Virginia. Eventually stepping up to the role of Office Manager, Jeanmarie gained solid experience across different parts of the business from administration and production to social media and sales. Her experience then took her to France to sell wine and consult on marketing for a small winery in Bordeaux. Returning to the USA, Jeanmarie moved to Washington State to work in wine sales and distribution before joining the team at Fowles Wine. Outside of work, Jeanmarie enjoys cooking for friends and sharing great wine. Call Jeanmarie: US Cell 703.975.8093
Combining in-depth technical and scientific knowledge with a passion for sustainable viticulture, Rick manages our family vineyards. With a viticulture career spanning more than 25 years, including time in the Mornington Peninsula and the South West slopes of New South Wales, Rick is a viticultural encyclopedia and has grown fruit for many award-winning wines - including our own! Rick believes that the unique mesoclimate and granitic soils of the Strathbogie Ranges creates one of the best grape-growing regions in Victoria. If you can't find Rick in the vineyard you'll find him at home in Euroa hanging out with his wife and three teenage children.
Rick loves: The Rule | Shiraz
After a diverse career in scientific research, QA management and full time greyhound training, Neal graduated as a qualified wine maker from Curtin University in Perth in 2002. Neal joined us in 2011 after five years as Production Manager for Tamar Ridge Wines in Tasmania. At Fowles Wine, Neal manages our rapidly growing domestic and export bottling, warehouse and logistics requirements. Outside of work you'll find Neal exploring the Strathbogie Ranges and Victorian High Country, camera in hand, feeding his passion for landscape photography. With some of his images being published and awarded in international competitions, you may see his work in the Cellar Door soon! Neal lives in Nagambie with his wife Clare and rescue dog Spud.
Neal loves: Are you Game? | Sparkling Vermentino