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Our People

CEO

Matt Fowles

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.

Email Matt.


Chief Winemaker

Victor Nash

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!

Email Victor.


Senior Winemaker

Lindsay Brown

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.

Email Lindsay.


Vineyard Manager

Rick Milland

Rick Milland

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.

Email Rick.


Farm Manager

Rob Martin

With a Bachelor of Science (Agriculture) from Charles Sturt University and 22 years professional farm management experience, Rob Martin manages our prime lamb operation at Fowles Farm in the Strathbogie Ranges.

Originally from Gerogery in New South Wales, Rob was tempted over the border to manage our free range farm and grow the tastiest meat in the Strathbogie Ranges.

If you can't find Rob in the paddock you'll find him relaxing at his home in Longwood with his family.  

Contact Rob:0419 587085

  


Finished Goods Manager

Neal Albrey

Neal Albrey

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.

Email Neal.


Cellar Hand

Bub Kelly

Bub has been with Fowles Wine since 2006, moving into the wine industry after working in hospitality for 12 years. With a natural appetite for hard work, she spent many of those years managing hotels and country pubs.

She plays a very important role in the winery as captain of the barrel shed. She has also been a leading Cellar Hand for vintages 2007 and 2008, and Cellar Manager for 2009 vintage.

She helps educate our international workers, and is rapidly becoming multilingual – although majoring in Aussie slang! Bub is the "go to" gal at Fowles Wine and is the 'glue' for our whole crew.

 

 


 

Regional Sales Manager USA (TX, OK, LA, TN, NM, CO, AR)

Chris Armstrong

 Chris Armstrong

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.

Email Chris: chris.armstrong@fowleswine.com

Call Chris: US Cell – 415.656.6251


National Administrator USA

Jeanmarie Miller

Jeanmarie Miller National Sales Administrator at Fowles Wine 

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.

Email Jeanmarie:jeanmarie@fowleswine.com

Call Jeanmarie: US Cell 703-975-8093


National Sales Manager (Australia) 

Allan Ille

Allan Ille

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 son Cooper he can be found on the tee.

Email Allan.

Call Allan 0458 304 050

 


Melbourne Sales Executive

Brad Partridge

Brad Partridge

With a career in hospitality and sales that spans 20 years, Brad joins us with a wealth of experience.

Brad began his working life in restaurants building up extensive food and beverage knowledge at Melbourne institutions the Stokehouse and Mink Bar at the Prince of Wales. He then crossed the bar so speak as a Territory Manager for Brown Forman and represented some of the biggest names in spirits. Wanting to pursue his passion for wine, Brad then worked with wine distributor Fesq & Company before joining Fowles Wine as a Sales Executive in July 2014.

When Brad's not talking or tasting wine you can find him either in his veggie garden at home or down the beach with the family hound.

Email Brad.

Call Brad 0458 708 090 


Melbourne Sales Executive

Ella Shaw

Ella Shaw 

Ella first found a fondness for wine at the age of 15, cleaning glasses and stomping grapes at her family winery in South Australia. Upon completing university, she travelled to the UK to intern with Liberty Wines, before moving to Enotria Wines (our UK distributor) to work in Brand Management.

Ella returned to Australia in 2015 and relocated from her hometown in the Adelaide Hills to settle in Melbourne, where she has been working with Fowles Wine ever since.

In her spare time, Ella enjoys frolicking in the Victorian vineyards and horse riding along the Mornington Peninsula. 

Email Ella.

Call Ella 0447 307 230 

Regional Victorian Sales Executive

Troy Jones

Troy Jones 

Troy Jones joined Fowles Wine in 2011 after spending three years as a Brand Ambassador for Sam Miranda wines in the King Valley.

A local lad with a passion for building strong working relationships, Troy has considerable experience establishing and managing small business in the hospitality and entertainment sectors in regional Victoria.

Troy lives in Shepparton and when he's not cycling he can be found sharing his infectious enthusiasm and sense of fun with his friends across Victoria.

Email Troy.

Call Troy 0457 306 090

 

New South Wales

 

Our wines are available in New South Wales. Please contact Sam Biddle at Veraison Wines. 

Email Sam

Call Sam: 0459 990 049


 

South Australia


 

Our wines are available in South Australia. Please contact Dave Muster at Muster Wine Co for more information and wine orders.

Email Dave.

Call Dave:0430 360 650


Western Australia

 

Our wines are available in Western Australia. Please contact Matt Holden at Grape & Grain for more information and wine orders.

Email Matt

Call Matt: 0499 444 408


Tasmania

 

Our wines are available in Tasmania. Please contact David Johnstone & Associates for more information and wine orders.

Email David Johnstone & Associates.

Call: 03 6234 9999


Brand Creative Director

Lu Fowles

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 daughter Lilli looking for something tasty for dinner she can be found in front of her Mac coming up with funky designs.

Email Lu.

 


Cellar Door

Head Chef

Adele Aitken

Adele Aitken

Adele Aitken, our Head Chef, is a bit of a local legend having spent some time at Mitchelton Wines and the Ruffy Produce Store honing her expertise in locally sourced products.

Adele has created a menu that brings out the best of our region, featuring only the very finest from our own paddocks and those of local producers.

 

Cellar Door Cafe Manager

Giuliano Marcolin

Giuliano Marcolin

Giuliano began his love affair with food and wine 20 years ago in his home city of Treviso, in the Veneto region, an area renowned for its delicious Prosecco, just north of Venice. Working across his family restaurants as a waiter, barista, cocktail-maker – you name it- he then began to manage restaurants, first in Veneto and later Trento, where he also studied a degree in economics.

Leaving Italy in 2004 to travel the world during his gap year, Giuliano somehow got lost along the way, and instead of returning to his homeland he eventually found himself living and working in Melbourne, and managing the Convent Bakery in Abbotsford.

In 2012, he joined Fowles Wine, and he and his partner made the beautiful countryside of Avenel their new home.

Giuliano has a passion for contemporary art, gardening and fitness, and absolutely loves living in Australia.

Email Giuliano.

 


Manager Brand Engagement

Ian Firth

Ian Firth Ian joined Fowles Wine in 2008 bringing with him a wealth of knowledge setting up restaurants and cellar door operations after time spent at some of Victoria's most iconic wineries.

Ian focuses on promoting Fowles Wine Cellar Door Cafe as a relaxing, enjoyable venue that reflects the finest of wine, food and epicurean culture. His efforts resulted in Fowles Wine winning the RACV 2012, 2013 and 2014 Trophy for Best Victorian Tourism Winery.

Ian is a Skills Based Director on the Board Of Goulburn River Valley Tourism, and is a now a member of the judging panel of the RACV Victorian Tourism Awards.

When not working with wine and tourism you can find him in his studio, painting or sculpting or just hanging out with his two daughters.

 

Email Ian.

Contact Ian: 0448 121 414


Accounts and Administration

   

Commercial Manager

Tracie Battersby

 Tracie Battersby

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.

Email Tracie.


 

  

Accounts Receivable and Logistics Officer

Max Hammond

Max Hammond joined Fowles Wine in April 1998 after completing a 20 year Army Career.

In this time he has worked in many positions in the company from the vineyard, to Cellar Door Manager for 8 years where he did NMIT studies and obtained the Certificate for Food Processing (Wine) Cellar Door sales.

Max now works behind the scenes with our administration team.

Email Max.