The Mornington Peninsula Vignerons Association (MPVA) is the peak industry body representing grape and wine producers of Mornington Peninsula to promote the wines and region, to represent and advocate for the region's wine industry to government and liaise with related industry and regional associations, and to provide technical and research support and activities to the wine industry.
It is an independent, not-for-profit membership association, funded by members' businesses, income from association-run events, with additional support from industry sponsors, and project-based ad hoc funding from all levels of government.
Since it's formation in 1982, the MPVA has had strong membership support of the region, representing approx. 80% of the production of the region in a cohesive and collaborative community. It is managed by an Executive Committee of elected members and has a full time CEO, and two part-time administrative staff.
Winemaker Rollo Crittenden has had the privilege of studying and working in many of the world’s most acclaimed wineries and wine regions. After completing vintages in California, Oregon, Italy and the Hunter Valley he returned to the family business, Crittenden Estate, in 2007 at the age of 30.
At the vineyard which he helped plant as a child some 25 years earlier Rollo continued the family tradition of producing classic French and Italian varieties as well as embarking on a project to make emerging Spanish style wines. His efforts were recognised in 2010 when he received the Australian Young Gun of Wine award. His deep commitment to the long-term sustainability of the land has also been instrumental in the business being awarded a number of internationally acclaimed Sustainable Wine-Growing awards. Rollo’s dedication to enhancing the Mornington Peninsula wine industry is also exemplified by his board position with Australian Grape and Wine and membership of the ASVO.
Kate McIntyre.MWVice President
Kate McIntyre is never away from the Mornington Peninsula for too long. This Master of Wine, wine judge, writer and speaker, and head of marketing for Moorooduc Estate travels often, but all tracks lead back Moorooduc Estate.
Achieving a Master of Wine qualification is one of the hardest things this ex-theatre and language student has ever done. Now in demand internationally for her wine expertise with fewer than 400 Master of Wine authorities currently in existence, Kate shares her wine knowledge on the world stage. From being ‘dragged’ to Moorooduc Estate on the weekends as a teenager and refusing to be involved in the business which her parents Richard and Jill established in 1982, to falling in love with wine while working in a bottle shop in her twenties, Kate’s specialist knowledge and profound understanding of the wine industry now resonates across the globe.
Mike Symon’s passion for winemaking and viticulture began at Petaluma Winery in South Australia in 1989 and is based on achieving a natural balance in the vineyard and allowing the wine’s natural flavours developed in the vineyard to flourish with minimal intervention from the winery.
Gaining a deep understanding of the importance of matching varieties with the right sites while working at Petaluma and consecutively working two vintages in Bordeaux followed by post-graduate studies in Montpellier France, Mike moved to Italy to work for the acclaimed Antinori family in 1996 before returning to Australia. With more time spent at Petaluma Winery before joining Stonier in 2008, and currently heading the team which thrives under his stewardship, Mike creates some of the finest Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in Australia.
With a dedicated ardour for the afore mentioned viticulture principles, Mike’s winemaking philosophy results in innate cool climate wine distinction.
Managing Director of Port Phillip Estate and Kooyong Wines, Marco Gjergja previously had a successful career in design and prior to that strategic management. Marco returned to Australia in 2010 and rose to the role of Managing Director in 2012.
With a single-minded yet humble approach and bold lateral thinking underpinned by a diverse cultural background, Marco leads his famil-owned vertically integrated business from vineyard to table. The business produces premium wine under the Kooyong, Port Phillip Estate and Quartier brands and its hospitality activities include a fine dining restaurant and boutique luxury accommodation. Marco’s appetite for delivering distinction is ever-evolving, and he is committed to a high quality and sustainability-focused industry.
Lindsay McCallChair of Shows
With no formal wine training yet over 100 wine show trophies for his Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Shiraz, Lindsay McCall’s delivers in the determined winemaking stakes. After a wine epiphany with a Seville Estate Shiraz in 1980 leading him to plant a vineyard on an old orchard in Paringa Rd in 1984, this Economics graduate and ex-geography teacher who grew up milking cows, continued to teach while establishing the vineyard and winery after his first commercial vintage in 1988. Fast forward to 1995 when he was finally able to ‘give up his day job’ and become a full-time vigneron, and onto 2007 when Paringa Estate won the inaugural Halliday award for best winery in Australia, Lindsay hasn’t looked back.
A true pioneer of all things wine on the Mornington Peninsula, this hands-on winemaker with one of the few Pinot Noirs in the highly regarded Langton’s Classification, continues to excel and innovate.
Martin SpeddingChair of Pinot Celebration Australia
Martin Spedding gets great satisfaction from seeing the personality of the vineyard communicate with consumers via the glass year after year. Committed to creating true to origin quality wines and best vineyard care for choice fruit creation, Ten Minutes by Tractor produces elegant, acclaimed wines sprung from the Mornington Peninsula’s excellent grape-growing maritime climate.
Martin’s mission to share “the naturally developing intense flavours produced during the long ripening season on the Peninsula” with the rest of the world is palpable. From his tech company CEO history to purchasing Ten Minutes by Tractor with his wife Karen in 2004 and going on to produce his dream Chardonnay and Pinot Noir varietals from three incredible vineyards ten minutes apart by tractor in the region, Martin is a dedicated champion of Australian cool-climate wines. Ever asking what is needed to grow the best fruit, his ongoing authentic enthusiasm delivers.
Tyson LewisChair of Technical Committee
Tyson Lewis’ love of vineyard work began in the summer of 1988-’89 while travelling and continued as he worked across newly established vineyards and wineries on the Mornington Peninsula. Completing an Applied Science degree in Viticulture at Charles Sturt University Wagga Wagga and working as far away as McLaren Vale, The Hunter Valley, Margaret River, and with two vintages in France expanding his winemaking capabilities, this active member of the Mornington Vignerons Association since 2001 is completely committed to his craft.
Working at Red Hill Estate, then as Chief Viticulturist at Cheviot Bridge while bringing up his family in Red Hill, Tyson joined forces with Hugh Robinson and Matt Frewer to form Peninsula Vine Care in 2014 after creating his own vineyard management business. Thrilled by seasonal challenges, this member of the Executive Committee since 2003 and chair of the Technical Sub-Committee’s inspirational quest to produce the best possible fruit season to season is unwavering and also sits on the Technical Committee of Australian Grape and Wine.
Mike Aylward's passion-driven efforts to make excellent wine originated nearly two decades ago when he worked part-time at his family's then winery Kooyong. With the 2011 Australian Young Gun of Wine award beneath his winemaking belt, Ocean Eight has evolved into his full-time obsession with two key elements front and centre of his winemaking mantra: excellence in wine to food pairing and authentic representation of Mornington Peninsula climate and grape growing conditions.
Taking several tours of renowned vineyards and cellars throughout the Burgundy region in France to further cultivate his viticultural experience while his first crops ripened on the vine, Ocean Eight wines now reflect Mike's travels and dedication to producing wine sprung from his thirst for distinction. This commitment from Ocean Eight's first release wine to present day, continues to ensure Ocean Eight brings the highest quality wine to the Mornington Peninsula.
From an 18-year-old vintage cellar-hand at Tyrells, to a Business and Wine Science degree graduate and student of French winemaker Jean Marc-Lafage, Sam Coverdale has developed a strong sense of the wine he loves to drink, make and share with fellow wine-loving adventurers.
Working across Australia’s wine regions with Hardys, then travelling to Spain, Italy and France before establishing Polperro by Even Keel in 2006, Sam has fine-tuned his organic-minded capabilities to create drinkable, balanced and elegant wines that continue to interest beyond the first glass. Surrounded by first-class vineyards and sensational surf beaches, Polperro represents everything that is magical about the Mornington Peninsula and the life Sam and his family enjoys, while Sam’s technical grounding and well-rounded experience results in wine that plays to the strength of region and authentic climatic conditions of each vintage. All this within close proximity to Melbourne.
After several years working at Quealy Winemakers alongside his trail-blazing parents Kathleen Quealy and Kevin McCarthy, Tom McCarthy was given a golden opportunity to pursue a wine project of his own in 2013 whilst continuing at Quealy.
Given the challenge of reinvigorating a heritage Balnarring site planted to Chardonnay in 1982 with fellow next-generation vigneron Lucas Blanck and launching the Kerri Greens brand three years later, the two young winemakers took over another site planted to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay setting themselves up to create the Mornington Peninsula classics. Leasing their own winery and cellar door on Paringa rd Red Hill South was the final piece of the puzzle for these viticulture explorers.
Both Tom and Lucas continue to work at the highly innovative Quealy Winemakers as winemaker and viticulturist.
Naturally, Anthony Jones is a passionate wine consumer. He has also had over 20 years’ experience working in all aspects of the wine industry from production through to sales and marketing and has sat as a board director on Ultimate Winery Experiences Australia since 2012.
Anthony’s early years were spent in viticulture at Coldstream Hills in the Yarra Valley before taking ownership of a restaurant and wine bar in Melbourne from 2002 to 2009 where he gained certification by the Court of Master Sommeliers and honed his business management and strategy skills. This expertise has transferred in spades over the past nine years to develop the tourism mecca Montalto is today; a place where the art of wine combines with truly creative minds.
Peter Dillon knows his job is one of a kind. From travelling around Australia to across the globe keeping abreast of local and international wine news while overseeing all elements of Handpicked Wine’s operations, this devoted winemaker wanders where many would love to follow.
Managing vineyards and making wine on the Mornington Peninsula, Peter’s philosophy is both unique and undeniably true to producing quality wine. Offering wine selections from Tasmania, the Barossa Valley, Margaret River, Yarra Valley and of course the Mornington Peninsula, Handpicked Wines’ wide-ranging presentation of stellar product merges with Peter’s breadth of experience to result in a boon for the Mornington Peninsula. From his origins in Western Australia working with some of Australia’s most iconic brands, to working in the vineyard, winery, warehouse or on the bottling line, Peter brings his grass roots knowledge to the Handpicked Wines impressive tasting table.
Olivia Barrie, CEO
Olivia was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of the Mornington Peninsula Vignerons Association in early 2019, to represent one of the thriving regional treasures of the Australian wine landscape.
With over 20 years in the wine industry, Olivia’s international experience with some of Australia’s most admired premium wine businesses brings a new tempo to support the development of this valuable regional economic ecosystem diversified across agriculture, tourism and global sales.
Collaborating with industry and management bodies to devise and implement strategies to drive awareness and growth, Olivia also has a deep understanding of the machinations of successful wine regions having lived in the Barossa Valley for 15 years prior to moving to the Mornington Peninsula.
“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity create a sense of unity and purpose with the vignerons of the Mornington Peninsula. The quality of the wine here is outstanding, they are fine, elegant and sophisticated and the micro-climate has its own fingerprint. This truly is a very special place.”