Meet our team
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.
Viticulturist - Dave Gartelmann
Dave Gartelmann has been involved in DOWIE DOOLE’s fruit production since the wine brand’s inception over 20 years ago. Dave overseas Vineyard management at the DOWIE DOOLE Estate Vineyard in McLaren Vale as well as the Founder's Vineyards belonging to Norm Doole and Drew Dowie. Having grown up on a farm at Willunga Hill, Dave has a natural affinity with the region and a strong interest in the management of premium icon vineyards and especially the expression of single vineyard wines. He has worked in the Wine Industry since leaving school and has a passion for sustainable viticulture, soil and geology. Throughout his career he has worked in Vineyards in New Zealand, California, Oregon, South Africa and of course Australia where he plays an integral role leading DOWIE DOOLE’s viticulture practices.
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.
Business Development Manager - Alister Mibus
Alister has been involved in the Wine Industry for 25 years. Having worked with numerous wine brands and managing his own wine distribution company for more than ten years, he has gained a wealth of experience in building wine brands and sales and promotion in trade, online, export and retail channels. When he isn't out in the trade showcasing DOWIE DOOLE Wines he enjoys immersing himself in wine and food culture.
Director China Market - Kirk Zeng
Kirk is a part owner of DOWIE DOOLE and manages all exports of DOWIE DOOLE wines to China.
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 handles all of the accounts for DOWIE DOOLE as well as logistics and exports.