COUNTDOWN: DAY 167: Brioni Oliver – sportswoman, dog lover, forklift driver, cellar manager…

Oliver’s Taranga Cellar Manager Brioni Oliver is very much Don’s daughter. There’s no BS with Brioni – but a smile is never far from her lips either.

As a sixth generation Oliver, vines are like an extension of her hands and McLaren Vale is one thing. Home.

Brioni (right) with cousin Corrina and dog Patterson

Brioni is a keen sportswoman with many an accolade to her name. She can also often be seen driving the forklift at Oliver’s Taranga, in thongs of course, and with Patterson her loyal dog never too far behind.

We asked Brioni a few questions

What is your proudest moment at Oliver’s Taranga?

Opening Cellar Door – it’s great to have a home for a wines where

people can come and see our history, taste the wines and really get a feel

for what we are about.

Your favourite wine?

2009 Tempranillo – It’s like my baby, it’s a really small batch

that caught my eye during vintage. I gave it extra love at each racking!

The toughest thing about being an Oliver?

One Oliver trait is that if nobody is listening to what you are

saying say it louder, so our meetings can become quite loud. I think I’m

doing really well at overcoming this challenge!