Our People

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Corrina Wright (nee Rayment)

Winemaker & Director

corrina@oliverstaranga.com

Corrina, with cousin Brioni Oliver, is the leading voice of the Oliver family’s sixth generation and the impetus behind their own wine label – Oliver’s Taranga.
After growing up among the family vineyards and enrolling in a Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Oenology) in 1994 it was only fitting that she convince her Grandfather and Uncles to let her have some fruit from the vineyard. Working alongside legendary local Chapel Hill winemaker, Pam Dunsford – she created a small scale Shiraz. The Oliver’s Taranga Vineyards label was born.
In 1997, Corrina was granted a Scholarship from Southcorp Wines and Adelaide University
to study at the University of California, Davis, a university world renowned for its Viticulture and Oenology program. After a year completing
her Oenology studies at Davis, Corrina worked for six months at Gallo Sonoma in the Dry Creek Valley of Sonoma, California. She then returned to Australia to work for Southcorp Wines on their Winemaking Graduate Program. Corrina spent vintage 2000 working at Penfolds Nuriootpa site, moving to Lindeman’s Karadoc in July 2000.
While working at Southcorp, Corrina continued
to make Oliver’s Taranga wines at local wineries. In 2004 she returned home to roost full time, allowing Oliver’s Taranga to take the next step and open a cellar door in one of the original buildings at 246 Seaview Road, McLaren Vale.

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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.  Brioni has recently built a house on the property with her partner Chris and their first of the seventh generation has jut been welcomed.


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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.

 

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!

With a visit to Italy in 2011, the Ambush Hill Vinegar and Fig, Lemon and Expresso Vincotto have been added to the range.


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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.