The Wineaway Team

SCOTT FARRAWAY

Director / Owner

SCOTT FARRAWAY

Director / Owner

20 years ago Scott became fascinated with wine and, as with everything Scott becomes fascinated with, it soon became all consuming. After spending nearly every night for the next 3 years reading about wine, contacting winemakers, visiting wineries and wine stores, and then working short stints in wine retail and then a wine and general storage business, Scott set up Wineaway – a business dedicated to the preservation and enjoyment of fine wine.

Wineaway is essentially Scott’s life work, something he has been passionately dedicated to for the past (almost) two decades. The business has operated with one overarching value throughout the years and that is to ‘do unto others (and their wine) as you would have them do unto you’. The journey has been long and there have been many barriers, but to this day the philosophy has never been compromised, and never will be, and it is the essential ingredient to Wineaway’s success.

Scott’s favourite drop these days are the wines from Burgundy

SARAH O’CONNELL

Operations Manager

SARAH O’CONNELL

Operations Manager

Sarah’s years of study (Anthropology, History and a subsequent Masters in Film) are a far cry from the wine industry but, throughout those years, Sarah often supported herself through hospitality work, developing a keen interest in all things wine related. This interest led her to explore many of Australia’s wine regions, and those abroad where possible.

In the end, the lure of fine wine won her over. Sarah spent three years managing an independent bottle shop in inner city Brisbane. It was here that Sarah truly explored her passion for wine, established her marketing skills, and learned the value of customer relationships.

Sarah joined the Wineaway team in September 2016, managing consumer retail and marketing, while also overseeing the financial and event planning side of the business.

Sarah is studying Italian, has a weakness for Nebbiolo, and is rather enamoured with McLaren Vale.

REECE THOMPSON

Cellarmaster

REECE THOMPSON

Cellarmaster

Reece is a young Wine enthusiast with a background in elite Gymnastics Trampoline sports and a Yoga teacher in his spare time.

It was a 2 year trip to London that ignited Reece’s passion for wine and all things fine. Having previously worked in local logistics and sales in Brisbane, the boutique wine scene in London’s central hub expanded his horizons and a “thirst” for knowledge ensued. After helping manage the Portobello Road branch of Oddbins Wine and beginning WSET studies it was time to bring that experience and energy back to Brisbane where Wineaway was waiting. As Cellarmaster, Reece is looking to leave his mark and embrace the culture that is fine wine. Bringing charisma and efficiency to the cellars of Wineaway.

He is enjoying the diversity of wines to try and endeavours to explore all things new and different. However, the big and bold wines have taken his fancy, along with the delightful Single Malts of Scotland and Sake’s of Japan.

DANIELLE CRISMANI

Admin & Sales

DANIELLE CRISMANI

Admin & Sales

Danielle is a mother of four and, as such, relishes in the medicinal benefits of fine wine.

Having rallied more than 10,000 volunteers during the Queensland floods using only social media, holding the role as the Catering and Events Manager of a leading events company and almost a decade in corporate communications, Danielle is our administration and organising super star.

When not assisting our clients with accounts and sales Danielle can be found with her fiancé hosting lavish dinner parties or heading to their farm with a bottle (or four) of Champagne.

JAMIE HOLMES

National Trade Sales

JAMIE HOLMES

National Trade Sales

Although Jamie has been involved in the hospitality industry since 1996, it was a honeymoon spent in South Australia’s vineyards in 2002 that would change his career path and ignite a passion that only grows with every glass of liquid gold to pass his lips.

Quickly resigning from the ‘pub job’ he was fortunate enough to work for various Fine Wine retailers in Brisbane, learning and absorbing from some of the best in the business. An opportunity to work in wholesale presented itself in 2008 with the highly regarded distributor Red+White, where his friendly demeanour, can-do attitude, professional ethical dealings and global wine knowledge were valued by many of his clients.

Jamie joins the Wineaway team to spearhead the Trade sales channel, bringing on board his wealth of knowledge of the wine business. Currently enjoying wines of Piedmont and a believer of the natural wine movement, but honestly admits he will happily enjoy any well-made world class wine.  Life is too short to drink bad wine!

BRAD HAMILTON

International Sales

BRAD HAMILTON

International Sales

Brad’s passion for food began his journey into what has now been a 30year career, starting with an 11year tenure at the Sheraton Mirage Gold Coast & Sheraton on the Park Sydney.

Brad’s greatest challenges and achievements came when he opened his first private venture in 1999. Circa Restaurant in Brisbane perched itself in the top echelon of venues Nationally throughout its 7year lifespan and was awarded the coveted Qld Restaurant of the Year award in 2001 & 2002. Sadly, the Historical building was flattened in favour of progress. This lead Brad to open his second venture in 2006. Era Bistro in South Brisbane was where his passion for wine was truly enriched.

Brad joined Scott at Wineaway in May 2015 strengthening and developing our trade network, and has now transitioned to a role dealing with global key accounts. He is a doting Father of two beautiful daughters and loves his Pinot Noir.

CHRIS BRACE

Cellar Consultant

CHRIS BRACE

Cellar Consultant

Starting on his vinous journey back in 1992, Chris joined The Brisbane Club as a hospitality trainee before taking up a position in the club cellar.

After 23 years in this industry and being the Cellar Manager in control of one of the best wine cellars in the country, Chris ensured The Brisbane Club became famous for their wine list being awarded the Gourmet Traveller WINE, “Best Club Wine List” in Australia for 2010, 2011 & 2012 before being inducted into the “Hall of Fame” in 2013.

Chris joined Wineaway in April 2016 as Cellar Manager, but has since transitioned to a unique new role working directly with clients to catalogue, evaluate, and organise their wine collections, be it at Wineaway or off-site in their home cellars.

TRACEY MACPHERSON

Events & PA to Director

TRACEY MACPHERSON

Events & PA to Director

After 10 years of globe trotting, Tracey has settled back in Brisbane and is 'taking care of business' as the director's PA.

Her travels have spanned far and wide, with her love of wine beginning in Central Otago. This love subsequently grew throughout years of managing restaurants across the globe. The most recent, a Michelin starred restaurant in the UK where she began her WSET journey, delving deeper into understanding the fascinating world of wine.

Bringing enthusiasm from the vibrant hospitality industry, Tracey has settled into Wineaway as the cheerful mother hen. She has a hand in organising Wineaway events too, so get in touch if you'd like her to bring your party idea to life.

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