Allow us to introduce Bay of Fires' winery team. Every team member shares a passion for Tasmanian winemaking and grape growing in our cool-climate locality.
Under the careful guidance of Craig Callec, our regional viticulturalist, Bay of Fires is extremely fortunate to have a dedicated and professional team of growers, who toil so hard every year to supply such exceptional grapes.
Drawn from all over the distinctive sub-regions of Tasmania, the Bay of Fires team works with our growers to produce the best fruit possible that's full of character and distinction.
Growing premium grapes in Tasmania can be tough. That's why, every year, we thank our growers with a special tasting day at the winery, where they experience first hand how the fruits of their labour have created our premium wines. We raise our glasses to their extraordinary efforts
Penny Jones, Winemaker/Manager
Hobart-born winemaker Penny Jones graduated as Dux from The University of Adelaide in 2004.
She went on to complete 10 vintages with premium producer Petaluma in the Adelaide Hills, during which time she worked harvest in Oregon in 2007, as well as competed in the inaugural Ningxia Winemakers Challenge, held in China in 2012.
Penny returned to her home state of Tasmania in 2013 to join the Bay of Fires winemaking team. Penny now proudly leads the team as Winemaker/Manager.
Penny became a Len Evans scholar in 2016 and her most recent judging experiences include the Clare Valley Regional Wine Show and the Royal Adelaide Wine Show.
Stewart Byrne, Winemaker
Tasmanian born and bred, Stewart initially began his career studying rocks and soils, obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Earth Science (Geomorphology). Upon completing his degree, and while undertaking an Honours degree, he frequently found himself conducting soil analysis for various Tasmanian vineyards as a means of part-time work. This eventuated in spending the following year working in the vineyards at Stefano Lubiana Wines.
Stewart spent the following two years travelling, working and tasting his way around the world’s wine regions, and upon returning to Australia, undertook two degrees simultaneously, obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Oenology and Viticulture, and a Bachelor of Science in Wine Agribusiness from Curtin University, where he received the Leeuwin-Talijancich Award, given to the Dux of the Curtin University Program.
Stewart gained valuable cellar experience working for two years at Stella Bella Wines in Margaret River, particularly working with Chardonnay. He then completed vintages in the Swan Valley (Houghton Wines), Oregon (Elk Cove) and Tasmania (Bay of Fires Wines), before joining Josef Chromy Wines in 2011 as Winemaker. After seven years at Josef Chromy, Stewart has now returned to Bay of Fires where his obsession with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir continues.
Kathryn Bevan, Winemaker
Winemaker Kathryn Bevan grew up in Tasmania's Derwent Valley on a cattle farm with a small vineyard. This love of agriculture and the family business, as well as an aptitude for chemistry and biology at school, led her to the profession of winemaking.
Having finished a bachelor of Oenology and Viticulture at The University of Adelaide in 2011, Kathryn has completed vintages in Australia and abroad.
Kathryn's latest winemaking endeavour is here, at Bay of Fires in Tasmania, where she covers a variety of roles, including cellar hand, laboratory work, vineyard, winemaking and cellar door work. Most vintages, with a couple of exceptions, Kathryn has focused on cool-climate winemaking. Having grown up in Tasmania, this has always been her passion.
Will Doggett, Events & Cellar Door Manager
Will is your knowledgeable, friendly face at Bay of Fires Cellar Door. His mission is to guide visitors through a tasting journey of our wine ranges, from premium sparklings and rosés, to pristine Riesling, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, all made from fruit sourced in Tasmania's cool-climate subregions.
Will’s career in hospitality has taken him across Australia and the globe, but Tasmania has always been his drawcard, with its amazing natural scenery, sublime fly-fishing and other incredible activities for nature lovers. Don’t hesitate to ask Will about his top travel tips – he’ll gladly let you in on the best-kept fishing spots, or the most scenic places in our area for a picnic. “If you’ve found the ugly part of Tasmania, you’re probably facing the wrong way and simply need to turn around”.
Katrina Burling, Administration
For a woman who loves great wine and the freedom of the outdoors, Katrina is in paradise at Bay of Fires. From the tranquillity of camping and playing music to the thrill of motorbike riding, she takes every opportunity to make the most from her surroundings, especially with her husband and children by her side. Katrina has a special appreciation for the unique nature of life on the island state and the simple pleasures it has to offer, whether it's walks along the stunning coastline or heading inland to the Huon Valley to savour the finest apples around.