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Robert Oatley Vineyards is the next exciting stage in the Oatley family’s love affair with wine. Lead by Bob and run by his family and team of long-standing and new winemakers and marketers, Robert Oatley Vineyards will take the family’s 40 years of experience in crafting market leading Australian wines, to the world.

Sandy Oatley – Executive Chairman
Bob Oatley’s eldest son, Sandy, is the firm’s Executive Chairman. At 56 years of age he has spent most his adult life running the family’s agricultural interests – from grapevines to cattle and horses. Sandy now runs all of their business activities under Bob’s watchful eye.

Chris Hancock, MW (Hon) – Deputy Executive Chairman
Chris, a qualified winemaker and Australian wine ‘legend’ has worked for the Oatley’s wine interests for over thirty years (since 1975). His nickname is Mr. Chardonnay in recognition of his role in taking Rosemount Chardonnay to the world and in doing so putting Australian chardonnay on the map. Chris is one of just a few of the world’s honorary Masters of Wine (with Robert Mondavi, Christian Bizot & Harry Waugh) and as Bob says “basically runs the (Oatley) wine business.”

Anthony Roberts - Chief Executive Officer
Anthony is responsible for the day to day management of Robert Oatley vineyards’ worldwide operations, fine-tuning brand offerings and enhancing the company's distribution network. Anthony brings a wealth of wine industry managerial expertise, most recently as Managing Director of Lion Nathan Wine where he joined as Commercial Manager Sales & Operations in 2001 and progressed to Managing Director from 2006 to 2011. Prior to Lion, Nathan Anthony enjoyed a decade with Yalumba Wines.

Larry Cherubino – Director of Winemaking
Robert Oatley’s director of winemaking, Larry Cherubino, is acknowledged as one of leading the lights of contemporary Australian wine. Acclaimed critic James Halliday anointed Cherubino Winery of the Year in the Australian Wine Companion 2011, citing one of the many reasons as his “focus on single-vineyard and single-region wines ... a path that more and more Australian wine producers must follow if we are to fundamentally change the negative perceptions of the diversity, the quality and the style of our wines, and of our aspirations for the future.” While Cherubino was recognised by Halliday specifically for his mastery of Western Australia’s premier regions, he is widely acknowledged for his vast experience in regions across Australia and around the world.

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