Our People

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Corrina Wright (nee Rayment)

Winemaker & Director

corrina@oliverstaranga.com

After growing up & working in her family vineyards in McLaren Vale, having a father in the industry, and working in various cellar doors in the area, it was a natural progression for Corrina to develop a passion for winemaking. Corrina enrolled in a Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Oenology) in 1993. This coincided with Corrina convincing her Grandfather & Uncles to let her have some fruit from the Oliver’s Taranga vineyard and working with local Chapel Hill winemaker, Pam Dunsford to produce a small scale wine. Oliver’s Taranga was born!! In 1997, Corrina was granted a Scholarship from Southcorp Wines & Adelaide Universityto study for a year at the University of California- Davis. She graduated from the prestigious Len Evans Tutorial in 2005, and continues to chair, panel chair and judge at numerous wine shows around Australia. Corrina serves on a number of national, state and local industry boards, and her commitment to the wine industry in Australia was rewarded with a position on the inaugural ‘Future Leaders- Succession for the Australian Wine Industry’ program in 2006.


Brioni Oliver

Cellar Manager
brioni@oliverstaranga.com

Brioni has grown up on the Taranga property and is also a sixth generation Oliver family member. She has worked in the Taranga Vineyard throughout her school holidays.
Brioni graduated from Adelaide University with a Bachelor of Wine Marketing in 2005.
Since then she has spent some time backpacking around Europe. Brioni role as Cellar Manager entails stock control, despatch, event and cellar door management. So if you are visiting our cellar door she will be more than happy to show you through our range of wines.


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Don Oliver

 

Viticulturist & Director
don@oliverstaranga.com

Don, a fifth generation Oliver, was born in McLaren Vale and has worked in the wine industry for most of his life developing the Taranga vineyard into what it is today.
A large part of Don’s life revolves around the Oliver family properties, ‘Taranga’ vineyard in McLaren Vale and ‘Shannon’ and ‘Avendale’ in the South East of South Australia, which are predominately used for cropping, sheep and cattle grazing but are managed by brother, Morris.
Don, an avid supporter of the region, is one of McLaren Vales most respected grape growers and is known for his technical vineyard innovations, producing grapes to go into super premium and icon wines.


 

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Kieran Falconer

Administration Manager

kieran@oliverstaranga.com

Kieran is in charge of all the finances here at Oliver’s Taranga.

‘I’ve been in the finance area since finishing school and worked in and out of wineries in varying different roles.So…I’m pretty good at knowing when the girls are trying to spend too much money and quick to say something.’

Safe to say, Kieran has us all under a tight watch!

 

 

 


Nicky Connolly

Direct Sales Manager/ Cellar Door
nicky@oliverstaranga.com

Nicky has grown up in McLaren Vale and is part of our extended family. She has worked on the Taranga property and other local cellar doors while studying Wine Marketing at Adelaide University. She then spent 5 years in WA’s Margaret River working at Howard Park’s cellar door.
At Oliver’s Taranga Nicky is involved in direct marketing, cellar door, bottling, dispatch, export, is our advertising guru and like any family business is available for anything else that comes up!


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Cellar Door sally@oliverstaranga.com

Sally has been a great friend of the Oliver family for a long time. In fact, Corrina, Nicky & Sally all worked together in their teenage years at Granny Mays in Westfield Marion! You will see Sally in cellar door on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and some weekends.  Joining Sally in our amazing cellar door team is Sarah, Kate, Matt, Yvonne and Therese.  Make sure you come in and see us when you’re in McLaren Vale!


phot432The Vineyard Team

Dan, Don, Patrick, Dominic, Jim, Graham & Aaron

workshed@oliverstaranga.com

The team consists of Aaron Gowling who joined us after working as a local diesel mechanic for 9 years and is in charge of workshop maintenance and operations. After 20 years as the local McLaren Vale Butcher, Jim Ellis has had a career change to the vineyard. He is a jack of all trades and supplies the vineyard entertainment! Dan is the newest member of our team and is busily learning the ropes of the Taranga vineyard.