DOWIE DOOLE People
Chief Winemaker & Managing Director - Chris Thomas
Chris has been a member of the DOWIE DOOLE team since 2008, working with DOWIE DOOLE through Boar's Rock and in 2011 he came onboard as Chief Winemaker. Chris graduated in Oenology from the University of Adelaide in 2003 and has a wealth of experience working for top wineries including Fox Creek and Serafino Wines in McLaren Vale and also abroad with Domaine Changarnier in Burgundy. Chris has won a host of awards for his winemaking including the Trophy for Best McLaren Vale Icon Red Wine at the 2010 McLaren Vale Wine Show for the 2007 Serafino “Sharktooth” Shiraz. He is also actively involved in the wine industry and is on the committee for the McLaren Vale Wine Show. Chris is responsible for all DD winemaking and has worked closely with Founders to continue to produce the well known varieties with the same high quality. In 2015 Chris, along with other investors, bought DOWIE DOOLE and took on the role of Managing Director. He travels the world spreading the Dowie Doole story.
National Sales Manager - Robyn Loveday
Robyn has worked in the sales of wine since 2004. She began her career with the Hardy Wine Company as an Account Manager, and sold the multi-regional Australian and New Zealand portfolio for more than 5 years. She was awarded National Account Manager of the year in 2008, and spent time with Ravenswood Wines in Sonoma in the Napa Valley, California as part of the reward. Moving on to work for Mezzanine Wines in 2009, she gained experience selling a myriad of acclaimed international wines, and smaller boutique Australian brands. In 2013 she was employed by Grant Burge Wines as a Sales Manager for South Australia. Working with a family owned and an iconic South Australian brand was the driving force for her move, and ironically - the career move that introduced her to us at Dowie Doole. Grant Burge Wines merged with the Rathbone Family, who owned the distribution agency that our wine was in the portfolio for at the time. Robyn fell in love with the team and the wines instantly, and in her 2 years selling Dowie Doole, has come to not only be one of our proudest ambassadors, but also our National Sales Manager. She has the exciting opportunity to manage sales domestically, and spread our stories and our wines to each Australian market.
Accounts Manager - Fay Braybrook-Eldridge
Fay has been with the DOWIE DOOLE team since January 2014. She is currently undertaking study to become a fully qualified Accountant and is the Accounts Manager at DOWIE DOOLE. Fay moved to Australia from Indonesia in 2002 and first met our Winemaker Chris through work at Boars Rock in 2008, where she did data entry, accounts and admin up until 2012. Fay handles all the accounts for DOWIE DOOLE, she also takes care of some of our exports and can sometimes be seen leading a tasting in our Tasting Room! Fay enjoys Indonesian dancing with her dance club and is also excellent at cooking traditional Indonesian dishes to compliment our wines.
Marketing Manager - Annie Bawden
Annie joined DOWIE DOOLE in April 2016 and is passionate about food and wine. Having studied Wine Marketing at the University of Adelaide, Annie worked in the wine industry for a number of years before moving to the Thoroughbred Racing Industry focusing on Marketing and Event Management. She has now gravitated back to the Wine Industry in her current role where she has become a member of a small but dedicated team at DOWIE DOOLE. As a wine enthusiast, she enjoys exploring cellar doors and restaurants in her spare time.