Our Team

Our Team
Rob Byrne, Director Byrne Group

Director of Horticulture and Almond Businesses, Managed wine businesses, Chartered Engineer 1989 - 2010, 40+ years' experience in Byrne Group and agribusiness.

With a diverse background taking in hydraulic engineering, Harvard business school, a senior role at one of Australia's largest wine companies - turning it into one of Australia's iconic brands - and his own enduring love for the Riverland and Clare wine regions, Rob along with brother Terry, is the heart and soul of Byrne Vineyards. An analytical man, Rob brings insight and years of experience to his family's company.

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Terry Byrne, Director Byrne Group

Managed vineyards for 30+ years, Agricultural Science Qualified.

With the strong knowledge and experience of South Australia's wine regions, and the varieties grown on our home properties, we are lucky to have such an innate understanding of our land and vines in the family. Terry is integral as a mentor to the vineyard team and central to the new farm development of high grade crops and innovation at Lone Oak.

Winemakers

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Peter Gajewski - Winemaker

Peter Gajewski is a very experienced winemaker with over 30 years’ experience working in the wine industry. Peter spent 24 years at Penfolds, which included a stint working alongside the great Max Schubert (the creator of Penfolds Grange), before moving on to be the Chief Winemaker for Hickinbotham's ARH Wines, Roclands and Terrel Estate Wines. Peter has travelled extensively overseas and is very knowledgeable about the market requirements,. Peter has an innate knowledge of our vineyards having established the Scotts Creek vineyards as a young man, selecting the fruit from Scotts Creek as Penfolds Senior Winemaker and now using the estate grown grapes again for Byrne Vineyards. Peter's sense of integrity and innovation is key to the production standards which make up the Byrne Vineyard wines.

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Phil Reedman - Master of Wine

Phil Reedman is one of only 315 Masters of Wine worldwide.  With over 25 years experience in various fields within the global wine industry, including Wine Development Manager with UK Tesco.  Phil is a regular wine show judge at regional, Australian capital city and international wine shows and an educator for the WSET and Institute of Masters of Wine and keynote speaker at industry conferenes.  A regular author and blogger Phil is both a key part of our winemaking team and innovations generator. His years of experience in the European market our integral to our export strategy, and he brings superior technical wine knowledge to the blending and developing of wine styles.

Management Team

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Danny MacMahon - CEO Byrne Vineyards

20+ years’ experience in the wine industry, in management, sales, establishing new business. Bachelor of Business; Diploma Wine Marketing.

With a strong background in business and the wine industry, Danny set up Winestyle Australia in Europe as a distribution business for several high-end brands. As Byrne Vineyards began to grow, Winestyle was brought into the Byrne Company, and Danny has come on board as Chief Executive driving the path of our business. A Roseworthy graduate, Danny brings an experienced and intelligent approach to the business of developing Byrne Vineyards on a global scale.

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Geoff Ablett - GM Byrne Estates

15+ years in large scale Horticulture management including Almonds, Vineyards and Broadacre crops. Advanced Dip Horticulture.

Geoff Ablett is the General Manager of Byrne Estates and brings a wealth of experience in horticulture/agriculture. Vines, Almonds, Broadacre crops and the strategic use of scarce and valuable land. Geoff's passion is for optimising the way we grow with the minimal impact on the soils and precious water source. And he loves a gadget so we may be using drones and smart phone technology for monitoring progress on the property very soon.

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Elise Byrne - Byrne Conservation Manager

Elise guides the ethics of our company with her tireless work for the Brenda Park Scotts Creek Wetlands Conservation programme as well as establishing our Entwine certification. The photos we receive from Elise on a regular basis of the restored fauna and flora are a continued source of inspiration in our search to continuously innovate, and streamline our business, with a firm nod to the environmental impacts. A nurse when she isn't working the property or on the Wetlands, Elise is a key figure to all of us here at Byrne Vineyards for the example she sets.

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Paul Smith - Byrne Group Financial Controller

CPA qualified accountant with 10+ years’ experience in management accounting for businesses.

Paul Smith is the Financial Controller of Byrne Vineyards. Paul is a CPA qualified accountant and brings to the Byrne Group a professional level of accounting skills and experience. Very approachable and with a can-do attitude, Paul has quickly adapted his skills to the wine industry.

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Petria Byrne - Byrne Vineyards Operations Manager

As the daughter of Rob and Judy, Petria has been around the wine industry for her entire life. In her role as Operations Manager, she guides the path of our day to day business, coordinating production and working closely with each member of the team. A shrewd businesswoman, Petria's attitude is one of making things happen in the simplest manner possible, and keeping the business completely streamlined.

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Abbie Heidt - Byrne Vineyards Administration

Abbie is the attention to detail with experience in the wine industry well over a decade. Accounts, office administration, editor and orders are all part of the service Abbie brings to the team with such enthusiasm. She'll generally be the first person you speak to on the phone so don't hesitate to ask her the tough questions.

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Shirley Fraser De Zolt - Byrne Group Marketing and Sales Manager

As a marketing professional with both large corporates and family owned boutique wines, Shirley brings a global market awareness and the strong belief in brand relevance. Experienced in regional wines and strategic planning, she joins the team to seek out new opportunities and create new product offerings utilising a passion for new product development and customer collaboration.

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Wendy Birkett - Byrne Vineyards Export and Logistics Manager

Wendy has spent much of her working life with the Thomson brand, and is our export and production manager. From the finer details of export negotiation to proof-reading label copy, Wendy's years of experience are invaluable. From her home near our Riverland vineyards, she coordinates production, manages our export clients and has a wealth of information about Byrne Vineyards, and the Riverland wine industry.

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Michael Strater - Byrne Vineyards European Sales Manager

Michael Strater is our European Manager based in Germany with over 20 years’ experience in the European wine trade. Michael has built a strong knowledge and experience of Australian wines, which he is able to communicate and share with our European trade partners and customers. Michael provides an important local link to our European partners as he understands the European rules, regulations and customs in wine trade, and is able to respond quickly on behalf of Byrne Vineyards.