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Our Team

WHO ARE WE?

Meet Our Team

We take winemaking seriously, the rest is fun.

We are a diverse team spread across our wine regions, vineyards, urban cellar door and head office in Sydney. We share a joint passion for wine education, travel, non-conformity, and a strong work hard, play hard mentality.

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William Dong

FOUNDER / MANAGING DIRECTOR

I always had a clear vision for Handpicked; along the way, I found passionate people who shared my vision and helped bring it to life. My job is to enable and support my team, to provide a spark of inspiration at the right time, to steer us back on course during times of turbulence and to celebrate the wins when they come along.
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Peter Dillon

CHIEF WINEMAKER

I oversee all elements of making the wine through to getting it into bottle, so my time is split between vineyards and wineries, and when needed, you find me at the bottling line and warehouse. Given the scope of wines that we have, this also means I do a huge amount of travel within Australia and across the globe to keep a track of where everything is up to. Handpicked’s philosophy is unique, and my job is definitely one of a kind!
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Tom Lynar

NATIONAL SALES MANAGER

I ensure our wine is freely available to our customers in Australia by managing a crack team of sales people, working with our distributors and commission agents and pestering our larger partners to stock and sell more of our wines.
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James Hunt

EXPORT MANAGER

All wine deserves a home. My job is to connect our wine with the world and find it a home, be that a restaurant cellar in Hong Kong, a great retailer shop floor in Myanmar or above someone’s fridge in Canada….
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Michael O’Brien

RETAIL MANAGER

I like to think that my team’s role at the Cellar Door is to provide the link between our vineyards and wineries, with an experiential wine journey for our customers.
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Imogen Hayes

GLOBAL MARKETING MANAGER

My job is to make sure people find out about our wines across the world. Creativity is important to me – whether it’s a roller disco wine party or a rooftop tasting – I’m always trying to find new and interesting ways to get wines into people’s hands across Australia, Asia and US. It’s made easy by the fact that I have fantastic wines to work with!
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Riswanto Kwok

FINANCE MANAGER

Our team plays with numbers, spreadsheet, budgets and reports to ensure we are always ready to take on different challenges across the business. I make sure ‘every dollar’ is utilised efficiently; to keep our office, vineyards and production running, and to help marketing, sales and logistics bring our wines to everyone..
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Edy Halim

OPERATIONS MANAGER

I help to ensure all the great things the people sitting above and below me (literally) want to do, happen.
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Ilga Horvat

PRODUCTION & PURCHASING MANAGER

I ensure the wine our winemakers make, is packaged and ready to go. This means working closely with all parts of the team – from logistics, finance, marketing, export to sales. I love a good spreadsheet, project plan and finding ways to innovate without compromising on sustainability.
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Jonathon Mattick

WINEMAKER

My job is to produce wines with an enduring sense of place, something Handpicked truly believes in. My ultimate aim is to take people on a journey, to transport them to a different time and place. Each vineyard and each vintage has its own story, this narrative guides the winemakers hand, showing us how to interpret the land. I hope when people taste the wines they see the beauty of each different story, that is what I live for.
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Andrew Butler

SENIOR VITICULTURIST

I work with the vineyard and winemaking teams to ensure we grow high quality grapes that are expressive of our various sites. I am always exploring and thinking about how we can improve our viticultural operations and continue to make better and better wines..