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’.
Gwyn Olsen | Winemaker
Gwyn joined the team as our winemaker back in 2013. After studying Oenology at Roseworthy University in Adelaide, Gwyn graduated in 2005. Completing her first vintage in France, with a further six in New Zealand, and three in the Hunter Valley, Gwyn’s vast experience is detriment to her hardworking nature.
Gwyn’s accolades started in 2012 when she was named DUX of the Australian Wine Research Institute, Advanced Wine Assessment Course. In 2014 Gwyn received the prestigious Gourmet Traveller WINE, Young Winemaker Medal, and in more recent times, Gwyn was awarded the Rising Star of the Year at the Hunter Valley Legends Awards, closely followed by a Len Evans Tutorial Scholar in 2015.
Gwyn and Tim work closely on each of the wines at Davis Premium Vineyards, right from the vineyard through to winemaking and blending. Tim’s focus on the vineyard and Gwyn’s extensive skills in the winery provide a great match in producing wines that speak to the terroir and regional attributes of the 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.
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.