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Ray Nadeson and Maree Collis

Ray and Maree came to the wine industry from academic/research backgrounds in Neuroscience and Chemistry. Their passion for wine led them to pursue an alternate pathway culminating in the establishment of Lethbridge Wines in 1996. Although Ray and Maree already held PhD’s in science their respect for knowledge sent them back to Uni where they achieved their Bachelor of Applied Science (Wine Science) degree from Charles Sturt University.

Maree and Ray have both worked ‘hands on’ across all aspects of the business, including viticulture, winemaking, sales, marketing, export etc. Their current roles are slightly more defined with Ray employing his creativity and his exceptional palate as Head Winemaker and Maree undertaking the role of General Manager of Lethbridge Wines

Ray@lethbridgewines.com and maree@lethbridgewines.com

Vassily

My name is Vassily Pestretsov. I was born in Crimea, the land where the roots of winemaking goes as deep as 3000 years in human history.

Before coming to Australia I worked as a winemaker in Crimea and internationally.
During one of my trips in search of something interesting to taste around Geelong, I came to Lethbridge Wines and it was a stunning experience.

I was absolutely enchanted by Ray and his wine! In 2019 I got the chance to join the Lethbridge team.

I believe Lethbridge Wines tries to play a very ambitious role. On one hand Ray as custodian of classical winemaking  makes a great effort to deliver unique flavours of aged wines to the customers, on another hand he is so open for the ultra "nouveau" styles and trends in winemaking.

winery@lethbridgewines.com


Corrie

Corrie joined Lethbridge in 2015 to assist Maree with office administration having had a close association with the Geelong Wine Industry for over 25 years. Every day presents something different, there’s always a challenge and some fun to be had.

Corrie loves nothing more than spending time with her family and friends sharing good times and a Lethbridge bottle or two. What’s her all time favourite? Why the next glass of course, probably a Pinot

admin@lethbridgewines.com

Daniel

Daniel is a recent émigré to Australia but has spent more than a decade in the wine industry. Daniel began his wine journey as a Sommelier working in Michelin Star restaurants in London while studying for his WSET Diploma which he successfully completed.  He is also a Certified WSET educator and values what education can bring to the customer experience. Daniel brought his passion for wine to Lethbridge in June 2021 running sales, marketing, and coordinating events for the winery

sales@lethbridgewines.com

Cal

Cal is the youngest of the Lethbridge team and grew up in a winemaking family in Denmark, WA where he was involved in the business from a young age. He is currently completing his Bachelor of Wine Science and spent vintages in France. Cal is involved in all aspects of Lethbridge viticulture and winemaking.

winery@lethbridgewines.com


Pete

Pete has a long association with Lethbridge Wines having planted his own Shiraz vineyard in Mount Duneed in 2000 with Ray and Maree making the wine.

Having worked in corporate Sales and Marketing for over 30 years Pete joined the Lethbridge team in 2017, initially to manage the new Lethbridge @ Hat Rock Cellar Door but is now also looking after exports and our ever growing Wine Club.

Pete has worked across many areas of the wine business, has completed WSET Level 3 and is currently studying for his Diploma of Wine (WSET)

pete@lethbridgewines.com

Annette

Annette has been working at Lethbridge since mid 2019 running the cellar door during the weekends. Annette has worked extensively in the hospitality and wine industry for the past 25 years. Annette has a Bachelor of Hospitality and Business Management. 

Joey

No Winery is complete without it's meet-and-greet person. Joey our extremely cute Poodle has taken up this responsibility with gusto, following in the best traditions of our much loved Jack Russell, "Bosun" and Border Terrier ‘Harry’.