About us

Sam Watkins, Winemaking Director

Sam is a winemaker with 15 years’ experience in 6 regions (Napa Valley USA, Porto Portugal, Orange NSW, and Coonawarra, Barossa, McLaren Vale and Adelaide Hills, SA) across both hemispheres. Sam regularly features as a judge in national wine shows and industry publications and is Chair of the Langhorne Creek Winemaking Committee. His winemaking focuses on unlocking the optimal expression of variety from the cooler climate premium fruit produced on the Watkins vineyards in Langhorne Creek and Adelaide Hills. Sam and Emma have two Scottish Terriers, Archie and Pippa.

Ben Watkins, Commercial Director 

Ben is an accountant with 12 years' experience as an Accountant and Chartered Accountant for 2 of the big 4 firms, EY and PWC. Ben has lived a broad for much of his professional working life having lived in Taipei, Taiwan and in Dallas, Texas. Ben has a particular focus on Quality Control by making it his business to sample as many of the wines as possible. Ben and Flavia, have an energetic toddler named Eleanor, a puppy called Zara and two cats, Mo and Mac. 

Jo Watkins, Brand Director and Cellar Door Manager

Jo joins us after forging a career in Government working across both the State and Federal levels. Before joining the family company, Jo most recently lived in Washington, DC working in Public Diplomacy for DFAT at the Embassy of Australia. Jo has recently been appointed to the Adelaide Hills Wine Region Association Marketing and Events Sub Committee. Jo works Sundays in the Cellar Door, so make sure you say hi to Jo on your next visit. 

 None of this would have been possible without the 25 years of hard work by David and Ros Watkins, the wise parents of Ben, Sam and Jo.