John Kirk

Dr John Kirk


Cambridge PhD, biochemist, physicist and life-long wine lover.

A visionary pioneer of the modern Canberra District wine industry.

A leading Australian scientist (that was his other job) who is a world authority on what light does in water and how it effects photosynthesis. Besides many other things, a maker of hand crafted musical instruments and the author of numerous books. John planted the first vines in the Canberra District in 1971.

He has successfully disengaged himself from the day to day running of the business now but can still be seen out pruning and monitoring the progress of his beloved vineyard.

Tim Kirk grabbing stem

Tim Kirk


Our Chief Winemaker and famous genius, extraordinarily talented super-duper wine legend with no official winemaking education, other than what his Dad taught him.

He was the Gourmet Traveller Winemaker of the Year in 2013, and has been nominated a few other times, so it seems he has a pretty good handle on the winemaking process.

However, for all the accolades he’s received, he’s just a down to earth guy. He loves his family (possibly a fraction more than wine!) and his guitar, and keeps a guitar in his office, which he’d much rather play than do the businessy-stuff of running a company.

When we hear it a-strumming, we know someone’s trying to get him to focus on admin. Sigh. Tim is also a part-time preacher, so if the Spirit moves him when he has a microphone in his hand, make yourselves comfortable folks.

We are privileged to work with a great team to bring you our beautiful wine

Chris Bruno


Chris hails from an Italian winemaking family, so caught the bug early. He’s worked at some very nice places around the traps (pick a few of the Estates listed on Langton’s Classification), so is most handy to have around the winery.

He worked Vintage 2019 with us, and proved himself to be excellently efficient so much so that we offered him the position of Winery Manager which he accepted.

Chris Bruno

Jeff Fook

Vineyard Foreman

Technically, Jeff is our Vineyard Foreman. Actually, he runs the place. He knows when every single grape is ready to be harvested, the condition of every single leaf, and has sometimes been found with a handful of earth in a vineyard, murmuring gently.

He grows, he harvests, he tractors, he forklifts, he bottles, he restocks, he brings us freshly butchered lamb/venison/offal/fish/gnu, freshly grown fruit and vegetables and is the keeper of our unofficial winery dog family. Jeff is all muscle – heart muscle, that is.

Jeff Fook picking Syrah

Brad Bremer


Brad is Jeff’s assistant and is our very own gentle giant. When we ask Brad to help us move a big heavy thing, he’ll generally pick the whole thing up, and just casually toss it to wherever you need. Okay, or you can just do it for me, Brad…….He also loves burning around on our mower – so our mowing gets done super-fast. When not toiling about the place in his hi-vis, Brad can sometimes be found in his black & white, serving food and drink at a posh joint.

Brad Bremer

David Reist

General Manager

David not only manages generally, but also looks after every single aspect of our wine sales, from the restaurant phoning their order through, to getting our wines safely into the shipping container, encompassing every one of our stockists from our Cellar Door to London to New York and his home country Canadia.

A talented photographer, he is also responsible for all the beautiful photographic imagery on our website and beyond – no wonder there have been two Gourmet Traveller Wine magazine covers so far. David is also a grandfather, and we’re all constantly bombarded with the cuteness of his grandchildren. They are exceptionally gorgeous, to be fair.

David Reist

Annabelle O’Connell


Annabelle is our Office Manager, Garden Guardian, and Events Co-ordinator. 

She would ideally like to spend all her time keeping our gardens looking beautiful, but we are very grateful that she allows us to use her significant and indispensable talents in many other ways, from packing and shipping wine to liaising with customers and partners, looking after WHS, organising events, and too many other things to mention. 

Really, we would be lost without her.

She does suffer from the same tendency as David of bombarding us with photos of her grand-daughter, who is, to be fair, very beautiful.

Annabelle O'Connell

Rob Kearon

Cellar Door Manager

Rob is our Cellar Door Manager. He has come to us from years of serving beautiful wines in restaurants, and of course would much rather be here than anywhere else. He has also worked extensively in France (as you do), and has served Clonakilla wines to wealthy Europeans well before having started working here. There will be no obnoxious sales speak, just a good chat with a decent bloke about great wine.

Rob Kearon in Cellar Door