KEVIN MITCHELL - FOUNDER AND CHIEF WINEMAKER
Kevin Mitchell hails from a long line of wine grape growers. His father Mort Mitchell has been a defining influence, planting and tending to Kilikanoon’s Golden Hillside suite of vineyards, including the famed ‘Mort’s Block’. Kevin’s fascination with terroir is a result of years spent playing and eventually working in these vineyards alongside his father.
Kevin graduated from Adelaide University with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Agriculture) and a Graduate Diploma in Wine Technology in 1992. His experience in the wine industry is vast, working with a range of companies including Krondorf, d'Arenberg, Kingston Estate, Orlando, BRL Hardy, Kendall Jackson and Willamette Valley (USA).
Kevin purchased the Kilikanoon property in late 1997, with the first Kilikanoon wines released in 1998. Since that time Kevin has continued to refine his skills and produce an impressive portfolio of Kilikanoon wines from some of Australia’s finest terroir.
Kevin’s wife Kathleen also descends from a family of Clare Valley grape growers, with her parent’s vineyard ‘Khileyre’ providing important old vine fruit for several of Kilikanoon’s top wines.
KATIE TURVEY - WINEMAKER
Katie Turvey grew up in New Zealand, working in her parent’s winery, Clearview Estate, and surrounded by the vineyards of Hawkes Bay and later, Central Otago.
Following the completion of a Bachelor of Viticulture and Oenology, Katie worked as a travelling winemaker, spending time in New Zealand, Australia, Spain, France and America.
Katie initially became involved with Kilikanoon in 2007 when Kevin first made wine at Cave de Tain in the northern Rhône Valley (Kilikanoon Alliance Hermitage series). Katie was in charge of the Crozes-Hermitage and impressed Kevin so much that she was asked to join our team.
BRUCE BAUDINET- CHAIRMAN AND PROPRIETOR
Bruce Baudinet has had a career in property funds management, investment and development spanning over 25 years. Including the successful establishment and operation of his own businesses, he has held management positions and directorships with Prudential and Lend Lease. Bruce also has experience in the science, technology and marketing sectors.
Bruce is the Managing Director of Oracle Funds Management Limited, a business which specialises in property funds management.
Bruce has always had a keen interest in wine, and enjoys private investments in both wine and property.
NATHAN WAKS - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND PROPRIETOR
It was a chance meeting at a local pub in 2001 that initiated the partnership between Kevin Mitchell and Nathan Waks.
While studying at the Paris Conservatoire in the late 1960’s, Nathan developed a passion for wine which was further enhanced upon his return to Australia. Nathan was Principal Cellist with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and is a founding member of the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Australian Music Centre. He has also held directorships at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Symphony Australia, the Australia Council and the Australian National Academy of Music.
Nathan has been known to perform while travelling the world as one of Kilikanoon’s Proprietors and our Brand Ambassador, and is currently working on a musical collaboration with his son, Sam Waks, titled Waks Generation.
WARRICK AND JENNI DUTHY - PROPRIETORS
Warrick and Jenni Duthy are Kilikanoon’s Clare Valley based proprietors. Warrick oversees the day-to-day management of Kilikanoon, and Jenni works in the Cellar Door.
Warrick’s experience has spanned multiple facets of the wine and drinks industry, from marketing and business development to human resource management. His career has had him working both domestically and internationally, encompassing senior management roles at highly regarded companies including Seppelt Wines, Diageo, Petaluma and Allied Domecq, as well as recruitment specialist Mondo Search.
Jenni is well respected in the South Australian medical industry for her work as a radiologist. She held the position of Medical Director of Sound Diagnostics, specialising in musculoskeletal ultrasound. Now based in the Clare Valley, Jenni helps out at the Kilikanoon cellar door when possible, and uses her talents as a photographer to enrich our photo library.
JOEY BAKER - GENERAL MANAGER - WINE CLUBS
Our wine club and communications manager Joey Baker has a strong background in sales and marketing. While the last ten have been in the wine industry, she took a four year sabbatical to work in the SCUBA industry as a Dive Master, managing a territory covering Mackay to Darwin.
Her love of travel has seen her spend of the last two years living and working between the Sonoma Valley and the Adelaide Hills. English-born Joey decided that South Australia was where she would lay down her roots, and in taking on a full time role, she is responsible for the wine clubs, direct to consumer and cellar door management as well as coordinating our social media activities with Jess.
JESS HENDERSON - MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER
Our marketing and communications manager Jess was inspired to pursue a career in the wine industry following a passion for good food and wine, coupled with a love of the outdoors and travel. Jess completed the Post-Graduate Diploma of Wine Business at the University of Adelaide, following which she was the recipient of the 2011 Wine Communicators of Australia Wine Media Cadetship.
Jess’ key role is developing corporate marketing material, managing trade communications and social networking aspects of Kilikanoon, as well as coordinating our social media activities with Joey.
TROY VAN DULKEN - GROUP VINEYARD MANAGER AND VITICULTURIST
After studying Natural Resource Management at Roseworthy College during 1986 and 1987 Troy undertook a number of management roles, including a position at Yaldarra Estate Vineyards (1993-2001). He also established a 100ha vineyard and contracts for J. Tomich and Sons (Adelaide Hills), all the while continuing his studies at TAFE (1994-1998).
In 2006 the opportunity arose to join the Kilikanoon team as Vineyard Manager/Viticulturist managing vineyards in the Clare Valley, Barossa Valley and Southern Flinders Ranges. Troy and his family subsequently moved to the Clare Valley.
STEVEN BURT – MACHINERY OPERATOR & VINEYARD HAND
Steve has been with Kilikanoon almost as long as Kevin and Nathan, joining us in 2002 when we were still a fledgling company. Having completed his studies in horticulture in 1994, Steve finally made the move to the Clare Valley in 2000 and doesn’t believe he will ever move back to the city.
With a career encompassing horticulture and land management, Steve relishes being amongst the vines and in the winery. He keeps an especially close watch over his favourite Kilikanoon wine ‘The Duke’, a frequent companion on his fishing trips to the Yorke Peninsula with his dad.
CLAIRE LAWLER - PRODUCTION PLANNING AND CUSTOMER SERVICE MANAGER
Claire started working in the wine industry over nine years ago as a Production Scheduler with Orlando/Pernod Ricard Pacific. The role set her in good stead when she joined Seppeltsfield in 2008 where she was responsible for both the Seppeltsfield portfolio and Kilikanoon’s burgeoning collection of wines. Claire became a permanent member of the Kilikanoon team in 2009.
Claire is responsible for looking after our global partners, production and planning. In addition, Claire ensures that our wine can be legally sold in over 25 countries, many of which have different labelling and packaging laws.
DAVID ADAMS - FINANCE
We call David ‘Dr No’, which is appropriate as David has to ensure we can afford to keep making great wine. He's worked at some pretty impressive places including Petaluma, alongside Brian Croser who knows a thing or two about making great wine.
David owns the ‘Miracle Hill’ vineyard which produces our wonderful McLaren Vale Shiraz.
He's also a star mature age Aussie Rules player and may be found at the annual competitions.
SARAH HAVERLAND - ACCOUNTANT
Sarah Haverland has been with Kilikanoon for more than seven years. Her degree in hospitality stood her in good stead for a role in the wine industry and Sarah quickly became a permanent member of our team. After successfully undertaking a number of administration roles Sarah now manages many of our fiscal tasks in the role of Accountant and is studying to complete her degree in Accounting.
Not your typical bean counter, our creative Sarah is a talented artist who loves to sketch, draw and paint. She is also a keen sportswoman playing netball in the Clare Valley as well as competitive and social tennis.
CASSANDRA HODGSON - ADMINISTRATION & ACCOUNTS OFFICER
Cassandra Hodgson looks after our Accounts and Administration, and is often the first point of contact when contacting Kilikanoon. Cass is responsible for a wide range of administration tasks, including supporting Sarah (accountant) with finance and Claire (production planning and customer service) with customer service and domestic sales activities. It’s a bit of a juggling act keeping our customers and our team happy but Cass manages this with ease.
Perhaps her experience comes from her love of animals; Cass has quite a menagerie that includes a horse, cats, dogs, rats and fish. And while she was born in Adelaide Cass considers herself a Clare Valley girl at heart, enjoying nothing more than a long walk though the vineyards with her dog Junior.
JARRAD STEELE - CELLAR MANAGER
Jarrad has been at Kilikanoon since December 2006 and completed a Certificate 3 in Food Processing (Cellar Operations) in 2009 through TAFE in the Barossa Valley.
Jarrad decided in 2010 it was time to take the next step in his career and applied to study Wine Science part time at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga NSW, where he is now in his third year.
DAMIEN MANNIX – CELLAR HAND
Damien’s favourite quote is ‘If you find a job you love, then you’ll never work another day in your life’ and he seems to be living up to it too.
After growing up in Port Lincoln, Damien was keen to explore what else Australia had to offer and after travelling through every state arrived in the wine industry via cellar hand roles in Tasmania and the Riverland. In 2008 he and his wife moved to the Clare Valley for its fantastic wines and great lifestyle. He joined the Kilikanoon team in 2010.
Having completed 11 vintages, he is now studying the Certificate III Food Processing – Wine, and when not working with it, or studying it he can be found sharing a good bottle of it with his wife.