Family Wines Team

Up the front: admin, sales and marketing

Frank DiGiorgio

Having grown up in Lucindale, Frank left home for sometime to attend school and university. After studying law at Hobart University, Frank and his new bride Margot moved briefly to Melbourne before returning to the Limestone Coast to start a law practice. When the family purchased the winery in 2002 Frank took over the running of it full time. Frank and Margot have two children, Nick and Jess, along with dog Buffy. Frank loves to spend any spare time he can at the beach hitting the sand dunes in his converted 4 wheel drive followed by a beaut beach barby!

Ilana Minge- Cellar Door Manager

Born in Burra and brought up on a farm in the mid north of South Australia, country life has always been in Ilana's veins. She studied Ag Business at Uni and moved to the Limestone Coast with future husband Shaun where they got married and made their home in Penola. They have two children Bella and Jace along with dog Max. Ilana brings a wealth of local knowledge to cellar door after having worked casually at many in Coonawarra while juggling small children. Ilana joined us in August 2014 and loves hosting customers in cellar door, she is well known for her hospitality and her infectious laugh!

Katie Lewis - Sales and Events Representative

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Katie, who was brought up near Penola, trained as a registered nurse in Adelaide before taking off to see the world for 4 years.  She travelled extensively through Africa, UK , parts of South America and Europe before ending up in Turkey for several years running a pensione. Upon her return to Australia in 1999 Katie worked at Hollick Wines for 8 years, including managing their restaurant "Upstairs" for 5 years.  Katie joined DiGiorgio Family Wines in January 2007 and spends time between Penola and Robe, swimming and running with her dog Indi. 

Jill Stockdale - Accounts

Born and bred in Penola, Jill worked at Katnook Wines for many years before working at McKay Childrens Centre and Koch Brothers in Accounts. Jill has two children and likes to spend her spare time cooking and listening to music. She also served ten years with the Ambulance service. Jill joined DiGiorgio in August 2013.

Verna Gallagher - Admin and Logistics

Originally from Bowen, North Queensland Verna now lives in Naracoorte with her husband Bill and two dogs Bindi and Jess and cat Smudge. She is a keen fisherwoman often seen reeling them in at Robe. With a background in the food industry, Verna joined the team in September 2008.


Out the back: winemaking team

Peter Douglas - Winemaker

Dubbed 'Mr Wynns', Peter gained invaluable experience in the late 80's working in several vintages in Bordeaux with Chateau Leoville Barton and following his long tenure at Wynns Coonawarra Estate, turned his hand to Napa Valley in California, making wine for the Constellation Wine group. He also worked on Lindemans' Coonawarra wines and some of the Penfolds Bin range. Peter is the renowned Australian winemaker who has helped establish the reputation of Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon. In his spare time Peter can be found happily fishing on his boat and catching a cray or two.

Bryan Tonkin - Assistant Winemaker

Bryan has come to DiGiorgio from Rymill Coonawarra where he has worked for the past 10 years. Previous to that he worked for Southcorp/Penfolds in various roles at the Nuriootpa, Wynns and Rouge Homme sites. Bryan lives locally and grows his own olives and garden produce which he delivers to the staff regularly. His hobbies include gardening, cooking and all sport. His favourite Friday night tipple is the Sparkling Pinot Noir with a simple home made pizza.