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 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 2018, 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.
“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 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.
Nharess van der Stelt
Wine Room & Sales Manager
Nharess joined the Wangolina team in September 2015 in the newly appointed position of Wine Room & Sales Manager. With many years of sales/marketing experience in the wine industry within Coonawarra, Nharess has developed an enthusiastic passion to champion food & wine producers from around the Limestone Coast. She's an avid foodie, an excellent cook, lover of gin and she enjoys discovering the next great local place to eat and drink.
Often found in the tasting room pouring wines for visitors, Nharess has played an integral part in the cellar door revamp and offering over the last few years. She has also relished the challenge to grow distribution and sales of Wangolina along the coast and throughout Western Victoria.
When not at work, Nharess and hubby Andy share their home with their much loved cat Poppy and both have an affinity for the beach, paddleboarding in the ocean and the coastal vibe of their town Robe.