My parents Nina and Steve are both Greek immigrants to Australia and met each other while picking grapes in the Riverland in 1961. They soon bought a plot of land on which to build a farming business and in 1965 they proudly picked the first grapes off their own vineyard.

I grew up amongst these vines, learning the family business before founding the winery next to our vineyard in 1985. Our winemaking style quickly struck a chord as we began exporting our wines around the world, finding particular early success in the UK and Canada.

From these beginnings we have grown to become one of Australia’s most significant grape growers and wine exporters, strongly focused on long term relationships with customers around the world and building our reputation for quality, reliability and continuous improvement.

Sadly Nina passed away in 2019 but Steve still can be found out in the vineyard, while I continue to run the winery and vineyards. My wife Ivanka looks after key export customers while our three daughters have the ‘Mo Sisters Vineyard’ and have started to add their own chapters to our family’s journey in wine.

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Meet our people

Bill Moularadellis

Managing Director

After graduating from Roseworthy with a winemaking degree in 1985, Bill was intent on setting up his own winery, which he did on his parent's Riverland vineyard property that same year.

Bill's winemaking skills and business acumen ensured the winery enjoyed steady growth throughout the 1980s and then when Australian wine began to grow in popularity overseas, Kingston Estate was well placed to help satisfy this new demand, with Bill jumping on a plane numerous times a year to visit key export markets.

He continues to run the winery as Managing Director and oversees winemaking as Chief Winemaker.

Bill is a past executive committee member of the South Australian Wine Industry Association, past Chairman and board member of the Riverland Wine Industry Development Council, past member of the Business Advisory Board to the Reserve Bank of Australia as well as a past non-executive board member of Wine Australia.

Bill is married to Ivanka and they have three beautiful daughters, the 'Mo Sisters.'

Nina (1940-2019) & Steve Moularadellis

Owners

Nina (short for Constantina) and Steve (Australian for Sarantos) both emigrated from Greece to Australia as young adults, seeking a better life in the 'lucky country.' They met while picking fruit in the Riverland region of South Australia, where they had both chosen to settle.

When they could afford it, they bought their own block of land on which they gradually planted fruit orchards as well as a vineyard.

Sadly Nina passed away in 2019, she is fondly remembered by the Kingston family.

Ivanka Moularadellis

Commercial Trading Manager

Born and bred in the Riverland, Ivanka started her working career with the Riverland Development Corporation and then moved to Adelaide in 1990 to undertake a Bachelor of Arts degree and a role as the Events Manager for the Lord Mayor of Adelaide. This was followed by a role as Sister Cities Program Manager for the City of Adelaide.

In 1999, Ivanka moved back to the Riverland and married Bill Moularadellis. They now have three girls Lauren, Victoria and Emma who can be regularly spotted around the family winery.

It was at that time that Ivanka started working in the family wine business in various roles including domestic sales management, export wine sales and human resources. Ivanka is now actively involved in Kingston's leadership and commercial trading team and represents the Riverland Wine Industry Development Council on the South Australian Wine Industry Association Executive Committee

Lauren Moularadellis

Brand Manager

Lauren grew up amongst the family winery and vineyards in the Riverland, before moving to Adelaide to complete her high school studies. In 2016, Lauren and her sisters purchased their first premium vineyard holding, the ‘Mo Sisters’ vineyard, in Coonawarra, South Australia.

The development of ‘Mo Sisters’ the label soon followed, and the brand is now distributed across the United States. Lauren has enjoyed being so intrinsically involved with the development and growth of the brand.

Lauren is also currently completing a Bachelor of Laws and Commerce at The University of Adelaide.

Victoria Moularadellis

Accounting Intern

Victoria grew up in the Riverland near the family winery and vineyards, before moving to Adelaide to complete her schooling. In 2016, Victoria and her sisters purchased their first premium vineyard holding, the ‘Mo Sisters’ vineyard, in Coonawarra, South Australia.

Victoria was actively involved in development of ‘Mo Sisters’ the label, which is now distributed across the United States. Victoria currently works within the accounting division of the business.

Victoria is completing a Bachelor of Laws and Advanced Economics at The University of Adelaide.

Darcy Bates

Chief Financial Officer

Darcy completed a Bachelor of Accountancy at the University of South Australia before commencing work in a tax and business services accounting firm of which Kingston Estate Wines was a client. After working on Kingston Estate Wines tax work Darcy enjoyed the wine industry so much he joined Kingston Estate Wines as the graduate accountant. Darcy completed his Chartered Accountant status with Kingston before moving to the United Kingdom to travel and work for a few years.

On returning to Australia it was time to get married and start a family. Darcy worked for Lion-Nathan in both the beer and wine divisions for almost 10 years. While working as the Wine Operations Commercial Manager for Lion Wine Darcy looked after the wineries of Petaluma, St Hallet, Knappstein, Stonier and Tatachilla.

Darcy then joined GM Hotels and was the Finance Director for this group of ten metropolitan hotels across Adelaide owned by private equity group Blue Sky.

Darcy returned to Kingston Estate Wines as Chief Financial Officer in 2018.

Darcy has a wife and two children, he enjoys mountain bike riding through the Adelaide Hills and a drop of shiraz.

Brett Duffin

Winery Manager

Brett was born in Ballarat Victoria in 1974, and travelled through America and Canada during the 90's looking for something that might spark his interest. He finally settled down to study winemaking (oenology) at the renowned Roseworthy College and Adelaide University (Waite Campus) in South Australia and completed this four-year degree at the end of 1999.

Brett has made wine since graduation in many regions such as Hunter Valley NSW, Margaret River WA, Austria, Pyrenees Victoria, Spain, and of course the Riverland where he is today.

His experience in the wine industry thus far has seen him work in very small boutique wineries that crush just 200 tonnes of fruit per year, right up to the size of Kingston Estate, who could supply the whole population of Australia with about 3 bottles of wine each and every year!

In all, Brett has now been making quality wine for over 20 years working in new and old world settings.

Simon Spence

Group Viticulturist

Simon graduated in Viticulture from Roseworthy Agricultural College in 1991. He commenced his career with Yalumba in the position of Grape Purchasing Manager. He then worked in California, before returning to New Zealand.

In 1996 Simon began working for Matua Valley Wines in Marlborough, New Zealand as National Viticulture Manager and was responsible for all aspect of company vineyards, grower relations and general viticulture.

In 2009 Simon moved back to Australia when he was appointed to the role of National Vineyards Manager with the Foster’s Group. This role was responsible for the management of all company-vineyards in Australia. Foster’s Group demerged its wine operations in 2012 and the business was renamed, Treasury Wine Estates.

In 2013 Simon was appointed to the role of General Manager - Grape Resources, encompassing the management of all company vineyards and grower relations.

Simon joined Kingston Estate Wines in September 2017 in the role of Group Viticulturist, in this role Simon is responsible for all company owned vineyards and grower relations grape supply.

Ryan Villis

Winemaker | Commercial Trading Manager

After finishing high school at Loxton High, Ryan set his sights for Adelaide to study science. However, Ryan's desire to work was too strong, so after nine months of study Ryan deferred and returned to the Riverland to assist in establishing a new vineyard.

It wasn't long before Ryan was working for Simeon / McGuigan Wines at Loxton in the winery's laboratory and it was at this time that Ryan's passion for wine was recognised.

Throughout his career at Simeon / McGuigan, Ryan worked in a number of roles including Dispatch, Receival and Inventory Control Co-ordinator, Assistant Winemaker and finally White Winemaker.

In 2006, Ryan accepted a position as Winemaker for Cockatoo Ridge and it was at this time he developed a keen interest for sales.

Ryan graduated from a Bachelor of Wine Science Degree at Charles Sturt University in 2008.

Ryan joined the Kingston Estate Wines family in the role of Winemaker - Commercial Trading Manager in 2009.

Jared Shattock

Vice President Sales | North America

Wine has always been part of Jared’s DNA, completing a bachelor of Wine Marketing he then ventured to McLaren Vale for several years before joining Hardy’s. Here Jared managed several global brands before a calling to sales beckoned and this resulted in relocating to Queensland and then onto Sydney where he subsequently joined Lion.

Moving back to Adelaide, Jared joined Kingston in 2015 and is responsible for the branded wine business globally.

Not one to sit still, Jared and his family now reside in the USA, re-locating to launch our new global brand Mo Sisters, an exciting venture and new wine brand for the next generation.

Yu Tianyun

Vice President Sales | Greater China Region

Yu has been working with us as a consultant for many years before joining the team full time in 2015 with the responsibility for all our customer relationships in Greater China.

Shanghai-born and Adelaide-raised, Mr. Yu (as he's known around the winery) came to Kingston with ten years of management experience in business development and sales, as well as senior advisory positions involving Chinese business and cultural advice.

Bob Wiseman

Production and Compliance Manager

Bob graduated from University with an Applied Science Degree and started work with Berri Co-operative Winery (later to be BRL/Hardy and Constellation/Accolade). Technical management opportunities led to an industry switch to the fruit juice industry and the subsequent 19 years were given to working for Berri Ltd which allowed him to gain experience in a number of roles including technical, manufacturing/production management and manufacturing software implementation.

A change of lifestyle was called for in the late 90's with children requiring a father not to be interstate 2 weeks in 4 and so Bob left Berri Ltd for some consulting with some other management acquaintances. An opportunity came up to work with Bill in December 2000 when the short notice resignation of the incumbent Production Manager left a hole to be filled with weeks before the 2001 vintage.

What started as a casual opportunity to help out for a few years has turned into a real career commitment with Bob being very heavily involved in the growth and development of the winery. Bob has a high level of synergy with the Kingston Estate management philosophy and prides himself on providing a level of calmness, approachable management professionalism and having a vast store of knowledge of the Kingston Estate development story to share with the winery team.

Steve Warne

Chief Winemaker

Steve Warne joined Kingston Estate in 2016 as Chief Winemaker with over 30 years’ experience within the wine industry. Prior to joining Kingston Steve worked for a number of large wine companies including Casella, De Bortoli, Evans & Tate and McWilliams.

Initially completing a Bachelor of Science at the University of Adelaide, Steve went on to continue further study in Oenology and Viticulture at Roseworthy College. Whilst studying at Roseworthy, Steve completed vintage work before commencing his career as a Research Oenologist in Griffith, NSW.

Steve has a passion for industry innovation and challenging standard winemaking practices for best outcomes.

The wine industry has taken Steve and his family to a number of different areas including Riverina NSW, Rutherglen Vic, Mt Barker WA, Bordeaux France and the Riverland SA.

Steve resides between the Riverland and Adelaide with his wife and three children.

Jackie Whitehead

Manager - People and Culture

Jackie grew up in the Riverland on her family vineyard, working there during the school holidays. Being back in the days when picking and pruning was performed by hand, it was a good motivator to study hard.

After moving to Adelaide and graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree from UniSA in 1994, she returned home to the Riverland, working in hospitality and retail before turning to the wine industry in 2003.

Her first role was Sales and Marketing Coordinator for agribusiness company, Tandou. It was here that she was exposed to the manufacturing and consumer aspects of the Australian wine industry, which cemented her passion for a career in wine.

In 2007, the opportunity to join Kingston Estate Wines in Human Resources presented itself, and Jackie hasn’t looked back since.

“My role sees me combine my affection for people and the wine industry, helping both prosper for mutual reward”.

Jackie is currently completing a Master of Human Resource Management with UniSA.

Kylie Aspery

Human Resources Manager

Kylie grew up in the Barossa Valley where she completed high school, her passion for the wine industry was not evident until a few years on.

After graduating high school Kylie joined family owned Design and Construct business Ahrens Group in varying administrative and executive support roles whilst studying marketing. After five years with Ahrens Group and looking for a change of scenery Kylie relocated to Roxby Downs to join the mining industry and continuing study for a further 5 years.

Kylie moved to the Riverland in 2016 and joined Kingston Estate in the role of Human Resources Coordinator, it was this role where she realised her passion for processes, people and wine. Kylie was promoted to Human Resources Manager in 2018 and completed of her Bachelor of Business (Human Resources Management) with UniSA in November 2019.

Claire Lawler

Sales Operations Manager

After finishing High School, Claire moved to the Barossa Valley where she began her career in Medical Administration and accidentally got into the wine industry after meeting the HR Manager of Orlando Wines (Pernod Ricard) at a conference in 2003.

Her original role was Import Coordinator and Production Scheduler and in 2008 following a 12 month secondment to the ERP implementation project she returned to the business as Planning Manager. The secondment allowed Claire to learn about all aspects of the manufacturing and some valuable tools for software implementation and change management.

In 2008 Claire joined Seppeltsfield Wines as Production Coordinator and then moved to Kilikanoon when the two businesses separated as Production Planning and Customer Service Manager.

Claire joined the Kingston team in 2015 as Sales Support Administrator and is now Sales Operations Manager of the packaged division.

Natalie Ielasi

Finance Manager

Natalie Ielasi joined Kingston Estate in the role of Management Accountant in 2013 and was promoted to Finance Manager in 2018.

Natalie grew up in Adelaide and graduated with a Bachelor of Business (Accountancy) from the University of South Australia. She commenced her career with BDO in their Tax and Business services division, qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 1994.

She then made the move to Commerce and has worked in a number of different industries including Radio, Printing, Graphic Design and Construction.

Natalie resides in Adelaide with her husband and two teenage daughters and has a passion for good food and wine.

Shelley Ray-Brennan

Grape Supply Manager

Shelley began her journey with wine in her home state of Western Australia on a farm in Rosa Brook, a small township east of Margaret River, where she studied viticulture whilst planting a small vineyard.

Since then Shelley has held various regional wine industry roles ranging from General Vineyard Operator to Technical Officer, TAFE Lecturer and Company Viticulturist, in 2008 commencing as a Grower Liaison Officer in Griffith NSW. Shelley joined the Kingston team before the 2014 vintage and has been managing our broad and diverse grape supply needs ever since.

When not charging around wine regions meeting with both our own vineyard managers as well as our grower partners, you’ll find Shelley relaxing with a good book in her new home town of Barmera, 10 minutes from the winery.

Tim Brooks

Viticulture Manager - Riverland and Clare

Tim Brooks joined Kingston Estate in 2020 in the role of Viticulture Manager responsible for our company owned Riverland and Clare vineyards.

Tim grew up on the Murray River on the NSW and Victorian border, it was here after high school that he discovered his passion for Viticulture when he began working for Southcorp on a local vineyard.

Tim’s interest in Viticulture grew and he completed a Bachelor of Applied Science (Viticulture) at Charles Sturt University in 1999. Tim relocated to the Barossa in 2004 where he still resides with his wife and two adult children.

Tim continued his Viticultural career with Southcorp, who were subsequently taken over by Fosters in 2005 followed by the demerger to Treasury Wine Estates in 2011. Tim has worked in various viticultural roles over his 33 years in the industry, 15 of these in Senior Management roles.

Tim Fletcher

Regional Vineyard Manager - South East

Peter Morath

Regional Vineyard Manager - Riverland

Michael Camilleri

Cellar Manager

Michael Camilleri joined Kingston Estate in 2000 for Vintage as a Cellar Hand, he was promoted to Cellar Supervisor in 2007 and Cellar Manager in 2011, he remains with us 20 years on.

Michael grew up in the Barossa, his grandfather owned Vineyards and he was dragged out to help from a young age, he even recalls sitting in the old Bedford truck with his Grandpa doing Shiraz deliveries to Yalumba.

Michael attended Nuriootpa High School and has completed further studies in Business Management.

A highlight for Michael, during his employment with Kingston Estate Michael took a break in 2005, he worked in California to undertake an American vintage as an Assistant Winemaker with Clos du Bois in the Sonoma Valley.

Michael was promoted to the Leadership Team in 2019, he currently resides in the Riverland with his family and spends his spare time fishing, gardening and cooking while enjoying a glass or two of Kingston Estate wine.

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