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The Team

We may be small in number but we are a mighty team at Wangolina. We have diverse backgrounds, interests and of course wine tastes but we all share a passion for our local region and our local wines.


Anita Goode

Owner + Maker + Grower

Anita has been a 'part of the fabric' at Wangolina since inception, working in every facet of the family business. Graduating with an Oenology degree at Adelaide University in 2001, she went on to work consecutive vintages overseas and within Australia to broaden her knowledge, exposure and experience before returning to her home in Mt Benson. Taking the reins as sole Owner/ Director in 2013, she has continued to evolve the Wangolina range and vineyard plantings to capitalise on the cool climate regionality and coastal capabilites of Mt Benson.

Anita wears many hats at Wangolina; winemaker, vineyard manager and farmer to her 700 acre cattle farm. All of these roles she fulfils with passion, pride and dedication. 

Whilst on her vintage learning journey she developed a mad affection for Semillon whilst working at McWilliams Mount Pleasant, Hunter Valley (2001) and then further at Rosemount in the Upper Hunter Valley (2002). She has continued to champion Semillon as a variety and modern wine style, with a planting in the Wangolina vineyard.

Also a lover of beer, she particularly enjoyed the Pacific Northwest region of the USA (craft beer central) and did 3 vintages there; Hogue Cellars in the Yakima Valley, Washington (2002 & 2003) and one for Amity Vineyards in Willamette Valley, Oregon (2005). Closer to home Anita has worked vintages with Belvidere Winery, Langhorne Creek (2003 & 2004); Kreglinger, Mount Benson (now Norfolk Rise) in its first year (2001). After settling home she worked the vintage at Cape Jaffa in 2007.

Whilst Wangolina will always be home Anita loves to travel when she can. Which is fortunate as she spends many an hour in the car for vintage. If there is a spare moment Anita enjoys hanging with her cat Schrapnel, gardening; especially growing Dahlias through her side business Le Flor and baking (she can turn out a pretty mean sponge cake).

She enjoys trying other people’s wines especially with friends and is a cheese fanatic, always in search of a new style and taste. 

Anita was a Top 50 finalist in the Young Gun of Wine Awards 2021 + Winner of a 'Hear Me Roar' Scholarship 2020. Wangolina was also recognised as a Top 10 Dark Horse 2021 in the Halliday 

“It is a privilege to be part of something which has been developed by my family over five generations. We are now creating a new tradition for Wangolina as a producer of fine wines that will be able to be enjoyed for many generations to come.” Anita Goode

 

Kristen Wilks

Brand Manager

Kristen joined the small but innovative team at Wangolina in 2011 and has played an  instrumental part in developing, growing and maintaining the Wangolina brand.

Prior to being lured to the coast for love, she was Barossa based working as a Brand Manager for Peter Lehmann Wines. A company and time she enjoyed immensely. Although she was enamoured with the Barossa way of life; her partner, family and childhood memories were firmly planted in Robe and Kingston, so she decided to return home.

Now married, Kristen is a mother to Marlo and Maude our resident Australian Shepherd dogs and to a little girl Frankie, who has certainly livened the Wangolina office up when visiting! Kristen has strengths in communication and creative thinking and is certainly the life of every Wangolina staff party.

Graduating with a Bachelor of Wine Marketing from Adelaide University in 2001, Kristen has over 20 years experience in the Australian Wine Industry.

 

Stephen Brown

Winery Manager + Winemaker + Viticulturist

Steve joined the Wangolina team in June 2021 and he will help lead our development of an exciting new winemaking facility at Wangolina. He has had previous stints as a winemaker at Cape Jaffa Wines, Bellweather Wines and management of the vineyard at Browns of Padthaway and his passion for winemaking and experience in the vineyard is a great asset to the Wangolina team. 

Steve graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Viticulture & Wine Science) from Charles Sturt University in 2005 and since then he has crafted his knowledge with many overseas vintages in countries including France, Italy, Croatia, Slovenia and Georgia.

With such diverse vintage experience Steve finds it hard to choose between favourite varieties but he certainly has a passion for pushing winemaking boundaries and to experiment with new styles and varieties. Anything obscure, different and interesting is what makes Steve tick!