The People behind West Cape Howe

Gavin Berry - Managing Director & Winemaker

Gavin Berry - Managing Director & Senior Winemaker

Gavin joined the team at West Cape Howe as Senior Winemaker/Managing Director in 2004, continuing a distinguished career making premium wines in the Great Southern region. He came to winemaking through a long-held love for the land and agriculture, developed growing up in rural NSW. After a visit to Western Australia in 1986 during the America's Cup, he worked his first vintage in the Swan Valley, then studied winemaking at Roseworthy College in South Australia.  Gavin then worked another vintage in the Swan and a vintage in Gigondas, France, before choosing to settle in the cooler viticultural region of the Great Southern in 1988. Having initially expected to stay just a couple of years, the 2014 vintage now marks Gavin's 25th in the region! With his wealth of experience and depth of knowledge from over a quarter of a century in the Great Southern, Gavin is able to achieve the best in each season in terms of fruit flavour for each variety and from each site, making a wide range of wines with great flavour and balance.

Contact: gavinb@wchowe.com.au

 

Rob Quenby

Rob Quenby - Director & Viticultural Manager

Rob has been a part-owner of the West Cape Howe enterprise since 2001. He started his career in broad acre farming in Western Australia with a Bachelor of Business in Agriculture. In 1991 he made a happy move into viticulture and has been observing the 'lay of the land' in Mt Barker ever since. He nurtures all the vineyards under his care using sustainable and wherever possible, organic methods.

Contact: robq@qvs.net.au

Andrew Siddell - Senior Winemaker

Andrew Siddell - Senior Winemaker

Andrew commenced at West Cape Howe in 2008 as Senior Winemaker. After graduating from Curtin University with a Bachelor of Science majoring in viticulture and oenology, Andrew has had a diverse career working in prominent wine regions both nationally - Margaret River, the Barossa and now the Great Southern; and also internationally including working vintages in Bordeaux, France and Santa Barbara, California. While Andrew continually strives to produce premium quality wine, he also has a passion for increasing the awareness and production of emerging varieties with a focus on "good food wines".

Contact: andrews@wchowe.com.au

John Waldron - Sales and Marketing Manager 

John's first job in the industry was at a mere 9 years of age at his uncle's wine shop in Melbourne.  Somehow from this day job his passion for wine was ignited!  He later moved to work for one of Australia's great distribution networks in Melbourne and Sydney.  He joined Howard Park Wines in Perth in 2002 as Sales Director, bringing with him 15 years of experience, passion and enthusiasm.

In February 2012 John took up a new challenge with an opportunity to join West Cape Howe Wines as Sales and Marketing Manager.  West Cape Howe is extremely pleased to have the benefit of John's wide commercial knowledge, extensive experience, commitment and passion for the industry.

Contact: johnw@wchowe.com.au

 

Caitlin Gazey - Assistant Winemaker

Caitlin Gazey - Assistant Winemaker

Caitlin commenced at West Cape Howe in 2009 as a senior cellarhand and was promoted to Assistant Winemaker after the 2010 vintage. After graduating from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Science majoring in viticulture and oenology, Caitlin found herself moving to Mt Barker where she spent the next three vintages working for Goundrey Wines. With West Cape Howe now based at the "old Goundrey site", Caitlin's intuitive knowledge of the winery has proved to be invaluable in its day to day running. Notably, Caitlin has also worked abroad in Monterey County, California with Blackstone Winery where she supervised all white wine production.  This experience, along with her time in the Great Southern, has developed her passion for aromatic whites, particularly Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc.

Bessi - the Winery Dog

Bessi - the Winery Dog

Bessi was inherited by Gavin about 5 years ago. She was meant to be a 'working dog' in Kojonup, but wasn’t effective on the farm and instead was brought to the local vet to be "disposed of". Gavin and his wife Gill couldn’t bear to see Bessi put down so a phone call was made and Bessi has been with them ever since.

From sleeping under your desk, to harassing everyone at 'smoko', Bessi does grow on you, regardless of the fact that she’s got no concept of 'personal space'.  Her known accomplice at the winery is "Buzz", the vineyard manager’s dog, and between them they are both hounded by the willy wagtails during nesting time. They like to think they can get the ducks on the duck pond too, but they’ve got no chance! They love visitors to the Cellar Door as well … just be wary to keep your lunch out of reach!