Wine Maker / Owner
Paulett Wines is not just a flash in the pan for Neil, founder and owner; it is the realisation of a lifelong dream to create a brand that will continue through the generations. With his close knit family by his side, Neils quest for prosperity is symbolised by the Moreton Bay fig tree he has planted out the back of the winery. When scouting for a place to lay down his roots back in the early 80’s, Neil felt an absolute ‘sense of belonging’ on sight for the Polish Hill region. Originally from Victoria, and after spending time in Sydney and the Hunter Valley, he has gone on to be one of the great ambassadors for the area and the broader Clare Valley. To those who know and work with Neil, he is known to love a ‘good old banter’ and someone to have a laugh with.
General Manager / Owner
Described by Neil as ‘One of the Great Women in Wine’, Alison is the ‘doer’ behind Paulett Wines. Originally trained as a nurse, Alison has literally ‘learnt on the job’ alongside Neil as well as raising their family. Moving to the Clare Valley from the Upper Hunter, Alison bravely supported Neils dream to own his own winery. On a wing and a prayer, Alison laughingly describes Neil has having the vision whilst leaving her with the worry. Naturally shy, Alison admits she would rather be in the background, however as the backbone of the Paulett family, she is very much front and centre.
Vineyard Manager / Protoge'
As the Vineyard Manager for Paulett Wines, Matt overseas 114 acres of vines spread over Polish Hill and the Watervale regions. Fresh out of Roseworthy College with an Agricultural Science degree Matt’s vision of becoming a part the family winery was realised 18 years ago. Joined by his wife Ali a few years later, Matt’s focus has been on vineyard acquisition to complement their growing range of wines. Sharing his father’s vision to grow the winery for future generations, Matt plays an integral role in ensuring the vines are nurtured to provide quality fruit well in to the future.
Marketing & Sales
Ali is the driving force behind the sales and marketing for Paulett Wines. She is described by her fellow staff as the person who brings everyone together. Ali is an inspiration to others for her passion and dedication to the winery as well as being a busy mother of three young children. This passion has extended to the long awaited dream of opening ‘Bush Devine’, a bush food café experience situated on the deck at cellar door, offering million dollar views. With a myriad of qualifications and experience as broad as working with the Australian Equestrian Academy and vet nursing to running her own drafting business, Ali truly is a woman of many talents. She sees herself as incredibly fortunate to work with such a great family, in particular one that puts up with all of her craziness!
Otherwise known as ‘The Rock’, Graham has been a part of the Paulett team as cellar hand / vineyard assistant for over four years. Jokingly describing himself as being at the ‘bottom of the rung’, Graham is content with his unexpected diversion in to the wine industry in his later life. Originating from Booleroo Centre and with an extensive agricultural background, he headed to the Clare Valley looking for a sea change. A self confessed workaholic who ‘can’t do anything half-baked’ and goes above and beyond, Graham is a great asset to the Paulett Wines team.
Head Bushies Chef
With an illustrious career spanning a number of esteemed restaurants within the McLaren Vale and Clare Valley regions, Roger has been well embraced as a ‘Mintaro local’. Affectionately ribbed by all for his outlandish chef antics and eclectic taste in music, all is forgiven for a man living in a predominantly female household. Jokingly cajoled by his wife Tania to succumb to building his own ‘man cave’, Roger considers ‘his kitchen’ a welcome solace. After a 5 year stint running their own restaurant ‘Artisans’, he is enjoying the slower pace of ‘Bush Devine’ and of course the spectacular views!
Cellar Door Manager
Earning the coveted title of ‘Cellar Door Person of the Year’ at the 2014 Clare Valley Wine Show, Linda is a highly valued member of the team. Relishing her decision to move to the Clare Valley 8 years ago, initially taking on a position with O’Leary Walker and then joining Paulett Wines over 3 years ago, Linda believes she has ‘found her calling’. Armed with managerial and administration experience in varied industries, Linda’s digression in to cellar door work has been a welcome change for her. With a great love for the Paulett family and brand, Linda loves nothing more than spruiking the fabulous range of Paulett wines.
Head Waitress/ Chief Barista
Ally is much better known within the Paulett ranks as ‘The Bolt’, coined as a direct correlation to her maiden name and speed on ‘the floor’. Formally trained as a chef, her early years were mainly spent in the kitchen at the renowned local Rising Sun Hotel. On expansion of her family, Ally exchanged one apron for another to allow a better family work life balance. After a long stint at Clare’s revered café Wild Saffron, she became well loved for her infectious personality and outstanding barista skills. Ally is hesitant to gloat on her ‘2014 Clare Valley Barista of the Year’ award however the Paulett team is happy to hang their hat on that one.
Having teamed with some of the most notable foodies in the Clare Valley, including Roger Graham in her early years, it is only fitting that Jess has come full circle to again share the kitchen with her mentor. When she’s not dodging pots and pans, Jess relishes the opportunity to hone her skills making specialty desserts. The added challenge of featuring the vast array of bush ingredients available to Jess has her firmly embedded in the successful union that is Pauletts’ ‘Bush Devine’ café.