Deakin Estate

Our People


Meet the Team

The Australian spirit of openness, good humour and integrity unites our team and underpins the success of Deakin Estate wines.

Winemaker and Winery Manager, Frank Newman and Vineyard Manager, Craig Thornton deliver the high quality wines that make Deakin Estate so popular. Our Operations team oversees the wines on their journey from the winery to warehouses and shipping ports around the world. 

Frank Newman, Winemaker and Winery Manager. 

Frank Newman joined Deakin Estate in 2014, after decades of rich winemaking experience. He was Senior White, then Red Winemaker at Penfolds, working alongside Max Schubert in the creation of Grange. Frank was also Chief Winemaker and Production Manager at Angoves for more than a decade and also made wine for BRL Hardy's Renmano. Frank's experience in small and large wineries has consolidated his expertise in crafting wines across most styles and price points.

Frank says of his approach to winemaking, "My aim is always perfection and my football team's motto is something that has been the driving influence over my years as a winemaker. 'Nil satis nisi optimum' – not satisfied with less than the best.'

Aidan Menzies, Winemaker. 

Aidan Menzies began with Deakin Estate in 2016 and is an archaeologist turned winemaker, graduating with honours from the University of Brighton, UK.

After vintages in Chianti, Napa, Sussex, New Zealand and Greece, Aidan started his Australian winemaking career in 2011 at Phillip Shaw wines, then Angoves and Kingston Estate. 

Craig Thornton, Vineyard Manager.

Upon completion of his secondary school qualification, Craig commenced his career with the CSIRO as a farm apprentice. This was then followed by a degree in horticulture from the University of Melbourne

Craig first spent time at Deakin Estate in 1995 working as a Horticultural technician. He left the estate after a three year tenure to take up employment consulting as an agronomist across various plantings throughout the Sunraysia. He later returned to Deakin Estate as an Assistant Farm and Technical manager.

Craig has managed the Vineyard and Citrus operation at Deakin Estate since 2005. 

 


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