Tim Davis | Owner and Vigneron
Having been closely associated with his family’s viticultural and winemaking operations from an early age, it was inevitable that Tim would one day join the wine industry full time. With a keen interest in agriculture, Tim undertook an undergraduate degree in Agricultural Economics at the University of Sydney. Soon after he returned to study, completing a PhD in 2007 studying the economics of wine markets. He then worked at the Reserve Bank’s Financial Markets Group before deciding that his heart belonged in the vineyard rather than behind a desk in the city.
Having spent many years prior working part time with his wine brands, Tallavera Grove, Carillion and Stonefields, the move into the wine industry full time allowed Tim to apply his full attention to building the brand. Since then he has overseen a major refresh of both the branding and product directions, including the launch the most recent Rogue Series range of wines. His focus is firmly on the vineyard, with a great enthusiasm for smaller batches of high quality hand-crafted wines produced with the help of acclaimed winemaker Gwyn Olsen. He has a keen interest in new rare grape varieties and clones, as well as exploring innovative and experimental winemaking methods, while also maintaining respect for traditional styles and practices.
Belinda Kelly | Tallavera Grove Vineyard Manager
Belinda has worked at Tallavera Grove as the vineyard manager since the mid 1990s, where she learnt her craft under the guidance of long-time vineyard manager Derek Smith. Belinda’s hard work and dedication was recently recognised with a nomination for the Hunter Valley Viticulturalist of the Year in 2015.
Belinda and our consultant viticulturalist, Liz Riley form a formidable team and work closely with Tim and John Davis to continually improve management techniques and practices used within the vineyard. The results of this strong team speak for themselves, and it’s true what they say, ‘great wine starts in the vineyard’.
Andrew Ling | Winemaker
Some say it was fate, but like so many before him, Andrew (20 at the time) didn’t get an opportunity within the wine industry on the account of his winemaking pedigree, he did it through football! He was fortunate enough that the 1st grade Soccer coach at the time was also the Laboratory Manager of a pretty big contract winemaking facility and scored a spot as a vintage Laboratory assistant for the 2000 vintage in Mudgee. From there the seed grew and priorities changed from making it to soccer training, to making sure all the ferments were happy and healthy before leaving work. A couple of years in the cellar and a couple as Laboratory Manager saw the seed well and truly planted that this kid was going to be a Winemaker first and a soccer player second.
In 2005 Andrew started at Logan Wines as Assistant Winemaker and Export Manager working directly alongside innovative Winemaker and owner, Peter Logan. He started studying Wine Science by correspondence whilst at Logans and the two worked together for 7 years making premium wines from Orange and Mudgee NSW. In January 2013, Andrew jumped across the other side of town and started a role at Robert Oatley Vineyards as Vintage Winemaker and Cellar Operations Manager. His knowledge grew exponentially working with the large portfolio of high quality grapes from Australia’s most iconic wine regions. In 2014 Andrew was awarded the Heroes and Icons Scholarship for his contribution to the Mudgee Wine Industry.
2016 saw Andrew appointed as Winemaker for Pepper Tree Wines under superstar Chief Winemaker, Gwyn Olsen. Later that year he completed the Advanced Wine Assessment Course 40 at the Australian Wine and Research Institute. Andrew is also an active judge at Regional shows.
Andrew has since been appointed Winemaker for Davis Premium Vineyards working closely with Owner and Vigneron Tim Davis in Hand crafting wines that echo the regional attributes of our Vineyards.
Luke Mulligan | Cellar Door Manager
Luke joined Davis Premium Vineyards in 2016, having worked in hospitality his entire life. Luke’s passion for wine grew from a young age with wine a major part of his up-bringing.
Irish-born, Luke insists that wine is all about telling a story. It is personal, but also has the power to bring people together through shared experience.
Luke’s favourite wine style right now is the co-ferment of Shiraz and Viognier. He also enjoys the Riesling and Verduzzo from the Carillion range.
Elise Shears | Wine Club Coordinator
Elise is the newest addition to our team here at Tallavera Grove, having made the move into the Wine Industry after looking for a lifestyle change from her previous career as an Interior Designer. During a sabbatical working holiday in the UK from 2011-2013, Elise’s passion for wine blossomed whilst she enjoyed hospitality employment at a classic London Bistro Pub. During this period her strong travelling bug also took hold, and she ventured off on short trips exploring Europe and the UK whenever possible. She is a firm believer that there is no better way to appreciate another culture than to enjoy the local food and vino!
After leaving the UK, her travels then took her to New Zealand, where she eventually fell into the Wine Industry in Central Otago, aka Pinot Noir heaven! She worked 2 summer seasons as a full-time vineyard hand, whilst also assisting at a Cellar Door on the weekends. Upon her return to Australia in late 2015, she returned to her job as an Interior Designer and relocated to Darwin in the tropical North. But after years of travel and life on-the-go, Elise struggled to return to the desk-based office environment (& the Darwin humidity!), and soon enough made plans for a move to the Hunter Valley and a return to all things Wine.
Titch | Tallavera Grove Mascot
Titch is a Kelpie cross rescue dog from Australian Working Dog Rescue.
She is obsessed with rabbits, kangaroos, sheep, basically anything that she can chase and try to round up.
Titch can often be found roaming through the vineyard and recently enjoyed a trip interstate to visit our South Australian vineyards.
She is a fun-loving dog, with a quiet personality, who loves nothing more than a cuddle with her owner, Tim.