Spending school holidays with grandparents in the Eden Valley gave Ben a love for the Barossa at an early age. Yabbie nets, a slingshot and listening to horseracing on the wireless with grandad are all fond memories. Little did he know then, that he would be living and working in the Barossa’s wine industry later in life.
Ben has worked in the Australian wine industry for over 20 years. During this time he has been fortunate enough to work with some of Australia’s leading wineries in various roles including sales, marketing and management.
“While I have been fortunate enough to work in wine for more than 20 years, work with great people and great wineries, I always had a desire to do something myself. When this old Shiraz vineyard came up for sale, and, knowing some of the outstanding Barossa wines the fruit had made over the years, it was the catalyst for Welland to be born.”
Madeleine first worked in the wine industry back in 2000 when living in the Barossa. A move interstate saw her working in finance and executive assistant roles on mining and engineering projects. After starting their family and returning to the Barossa Valley, she is happily immersed in wine again. While her strength is keeping the administration and books in balance for Welland, on a sunny day she much prefers the vineyard to the office!
With three young children currently enjoying the fun and freedom that comes with Barossa life, Ben and Madeleine are hopeful that they too may have an interest in pursuing a future in the world of wine.
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About Welland Wines
Welland is the story of a group of friends, an old Barossa Valley Shiraz vineyard and its resurrection.