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Small Winemakers Centre

Our Team


Janet joined the team in October 2014 and as soon as her unsurpassed organisational skills were discovered she was quickly thrown into the role of Operations Manager. Janet now keeps the Cellar Door, Warehouse (and Suzanne Little) superbly organised; best of all Janet can now combine these stellar skills with her love of wine and everybody is happy.

Favourite wine varietals: Sparkling, Semillon & Shiraz Pinot Noir



Rachel has been with Small Winemakers Centre since 2006 but has worked with Hunter Valley wine for over 30 years so there isn’t much our Rachel doesn’t know about the Hunter. Rach has a fantastic palate and her opinion is highly valued among the winemakers (as well as her wicked sense of humour). Listen closely and you’ll find out all the secrets of the Hunter Valley....
Favourite wine varietals: Semillon, Chardonnay & Sangiovese


A veteran of the Hunter Valley, Carolyn has a vast knowledge of the Valley's history. With an infectious laugh and kind manner, our visitors warm to this lovely lady immediately. Experiencing a wine tasting with Carolyn will be like sitting around your family dinner table and regaling stories of past vintages. You'll want to stay all day!

Favourite varietals: Gewurz, Chardonnay & Tempranillo



Miriam joined our team in early 2015 and brings a vivaciousness to our Cellar Door! An expert in the local restaurant scene, Miriam is always ready to offer her recommendations on local dining options. In her spare time, she loves nothing more than a glass of wine and a karaoke microphone ...

Favourite varietals: Semillon, Chardonnay & Shiraz


Also joining us in early 2015, young Robert is everyone's surrogate nephew. Robert is quickly learning all there is to know about wine and is fascinated with the science behind winemaking. He is also our resident sporting follower and provider of free hugs.

Favourite varietals: Semillon, Chardonnay & Shiraz



Mary joined SWC in 2015 and has quickly learned all there is to know about our winemakers and their talents. An expert palate and the ability to identify the aromas and flavours in just about every wine, makes Mary a fabulous asset to our Cellar Door. Originally from Adelaide, Mary is loving the different styles of Shiraz the Hunter Valley creates.

Favourite varietals: Chardonnay, Shiraz & more Chardonnay


A Hunter Valley local, Jeremy grew up on a winery and has great memories of school holidays spent in the vineyards surrounding his home. Whilst currently studying Engineering at University, Jeremy enjoys spending the summer months head deep in grapes and vats in the winery and learning everything there is to know about winemaking.
Favourite wine varietals: Semillon, Gerwurz & Barbera


Giles joined our team in September 2016 and has been a valuable asset from his very first shift. Don't let his youthful looks fool you - Giles has an amazing knowledge of Hunter Valley wines for someone so young, and is one of the friendliest people you will ever meet. A man of many talents, Giles can speak fluent French and is very skillful at the piano and on the cricket pitch!

Favourite varietals: Vermentino, Barbera & Shiraz