Meet the Team
Michael Paterson Winery Sales Manager
As a local Pokolbin boy it is an honour to lead the winery sales team at Tyrrell’s, the spiritual home of the Hunter Valley.
Working in my family vineyard and winery just around the corner from a young age encouraged me to pursue a career in the wine industry. A spark that has now become an all-consuming and lifelong passion.
The diversity of wine and the people involved in it are a constant inspiration, and a great reason to go to work every day.
The team and I look forward to welcoming you to the Winery.
Ali Wood Winery Sales & Communications
Upon moving from Sydney to the Hunter Valley several years ago, it was a series of serendipitous events that led me to work at Tyrrell’s.
After a few years in the Cellar Door, I look after our valued members in the Winery Sales Department, utilising my public relations and marketing background.
I now live in Newcastle with my husband and son. I thoroughly enjoy travelling to my ‘office’ in the vineyards, working for one of Australia's great family owned wine companies.
Scott Richardson Cellar Door Supervisor
Born and raised in the region, my first real job out of school just happened to be in the wine industry (coincidentally here at Tyrrell’s), and I have remained within the wine industry ever since. As a young man, working in an industry that allowed you to travel was very attractive and now as a middle aged man I love the fact I work close to home.
Over this nearly 30 year period I have covered nearly every facet of wine production from vineyard to bottling line, from lowly cellar hand to management roles, even spent a couple of years studying Oenology at Roseworthy.
Today I am so very happy to be back in the warm embrace of the Tyrrell family, this time in the Cellar Door.
Tiffany Naysmith Winery Sales Coordinator & Cellar Door Sales
My interest in wine was sparked after leaving my teaching career in a small mid-west American town, and moving here to the beautiful Hunter Valley with my husband. Coming from such a vastly different climate, I was instantly captivated by the beauty and culture of the region.
In discovering my passion for Australian wine, I found myself here at Tyrrell's. I have since developed not only a taste for these outstanding wines, but have fallen in love with the charm that encompasses the stunning view, great old buildings, and the fascinating family history.
I am delighted to be part of the Tyrrell's team, and I look forward to your visit here at the winery, where I can share with you the magic I have found.
Glen Kirtley Cellar Door Sales
Having grown up in the Hunter Valley it always made sense that I would work in the industry. I started out at a local gourmet provedore, and eventually went into event management.
Eight years later I was looking to specialise in wine and expand my knowledge.
My love of Chardonnay led me to Tyrrell’s, the birthplace of Australian Chardonnay, and I have never looked back.
I look forward to many more years at Tyrrell’s and a lot more Chardonnay.
Esther O'Connell Cellar Door Sales
My career in the Hunter Valley wine industry started in the early 90s when as a new immigrant from the Netherlands, I found a job at Wyndham Estate and my journey with wine began.
Many years and a handful of boutique vineyards later, I am now a part of the team at the home of the world’s best Semillon.
This is my favourite variety, I invite you to visit us at the vineyard so I can show you why.