The Richard Hamilton Wines Team

Dr. Richard Hamilton

Owner, Grape Grower


Senior Winemaker




Vineyard Manager - McLaren Vale


Cellar Door Manager - McLaren Vale

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Dr. Richard Hamilton
Owner, Grape Grower

Inspired by his viticulturist father Burton, Richard Hamilton, fifth generation wine grower, established his own winery and vineyards at McLaren Vale in 1972.

Since then, Richard and his wife Jette have built up their vineyard holdings, some of which are more than 100 years old. These holdings are comprised not only of Burton’s McLaren Vale vineyards but also his Uncle Sydney’s winery and vineyards in Coonawarra.

As well as maintaining his wine and viticulture interests, Dr Richard Hamilton is a leading surgeon in the field of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery based in Adelaide, South Australia. For more information on Hamilton House please click the following link 

Jette, Richard and their two children, Annasofia and Thomas travel to Denmark every second year to visit their family.

Richard and Jette are proud of their family’s winemaking and viticulture heritage and are passionate about working with their winemaking team to ensure the company continues to produce premium quality wines that are in demand around the world.

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Jette Hamilton

Jette Hamilton was born in the Danish village of Odense and first met Dr Hamilton in January 1979 in Scandinavia. One year later they were married and in February 1980 Jette moved to Australia

Jette’s Danish heritage is strongly reflected in a number of elements of the McLaren Vale Cellar Door, most obviously the gabled roof. The four peaked roof is modelled on a fishery storehouse, located in the northern village of Skagen, the storehouse is still there today. Other Danish elements include the large windows that allow plenty of natural light into cellar door, creating a spacious airy atmosphere. The use of lighter timber, oak and pine are also based on Danish design.

Paul Gordon
Senior Winemaker

Paul’s fascination with wine grew from researching for a school project at the age of 14. Oenology at Roseworthy College in South Australia followed, achieving his degree in 1979.

Since graduation Paul gained experience in all facets of winemaking working in the Barossa Valley, Mildura, Sydney and Coonawarra for the Southcorp group, including 12 years as winemaker and senior winemaker at Rouge Homme in Coonawarra until 2001. This period was interspersed with experience in Europe. He joined Leconfield as Senior Winemaker in December 2001.

Inspiration from wines of Alsace, Burgundy, Bordeaux, the Rhone regions of France and the new generation of producers in Italy as well as Paul’s oenology experience in Australia have refined his approach.  “Great wine cannot be made without exceptional fruit. I pride myself on developing close relationships between both our winery and vineyard staff. We all constantly evaluate our wonderful vineyard resource to find innovative means of maximising fruit quality in our wines.”

Based at the winery in Coonawarra Paul is responsible for all production aspects of Leconfield and Richard Hamilton, dividing his time between Coonawarra and McLaren Vale – most hectic during vintage.

Greg Foster

Following high school Greg began working at a cider house in the Adelaide Hills. While working there his interest in winemaking was awakened and in 1988 he enrolled at Roseworthy College, graduating with credit in 1991. After graduation he then left Australia and travelled to New Zealand to learn about cool climate grape growing and winemaking and went on to produce many wines from all over New Zealand over the next 12 years.

Greg returned to Australia in 2003 and began working with Kym Tolley at Penley Estate in Coonawarra. He then joined Leconfield in 2018 and is currently based at the winery in Coonawarra. Greg loves making all types of wines and is particularly passionate about cool climate winemaking and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Greg has dedicated his entire working life to the wine industry and has completed 28 vintages, gaining knowledge from many people along the way. Greg believes you never stop learning in this business and he cannot wait for the next vintage to roll around!

Lee Harding
Vineyard Manager – McLaren Vale

The McLaren Vale Estate is managed by Lee Harding and the team. With qualifications in Viticulture and over 20 years experience in both the Adelaide Hills and McLaren Vale regions, Lee has been with the company since early 2001 and was appointed vineyard manager of the McLaren Vale estate in 2002

Lee is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the vineyards ranging from groundwork, vine management, pest control and mechanical aspects. Lee works closely with Senior Winemaker Paul Gordon to ensure the vines are producing the premium quality fruit for which Leconfield is renowned.

Lee has a concrete knowledge of the soil structures and micro-climates of the individual vineyards as well as seasonal weather patterns of the region. This is imperative to ensure the vines are tended according to differing conditions. 

Karly Craik
Cellar Door Manager – McLaren Vale

Karly is passionate about wine and the McLaren Vale region. She has been the McLaren Vale Cellar Door Manager for over 5 years after many years of being one of our dedicated Cellar Door team. Karly is also our Regional Sales Manager, delivering wines throughout the Fleurieu Peninsula every week to our loyal café restaurants and bars that supply our wines to their customers throughout the region. Karly hosts events at the Cellar, structured wine tastings and invites people to stay a little longer and enjoy one of our famous Regional Platters by the fire place or out in the beautiful gardens.

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