Meet The Team

 

Michael Twelftree

MICHAEL TWELFTREE –  PROPRIETOR & MANAGING DIRECTOR

Michael came to the wine industry from a construction background after developing his passion over many years attending wine tastings and founded Two Hands Wines in 1999.  Michael has a well-known love for all wine and he spends many weeks a year travelling to taste some of the greatest wines from the most revered wine regions of the globe, adding to his personal (and impressive) cellar along the way. From day one, Michael’s role has been multifaceted being involved in the day to day running of Two Hands from vineyard management through to winemaking and production. With a flair for marketing and creativity, Michael is always injecting fresh ideas and constantly nutting out new ways to keep the brand evolving.

TIM HOWER  – PROPRIETOR & DIRECTOR

Tim has an extensive career in the oil and gas industries, which has brought him to Adelaide over the past 23 years. These trips exposed Tim to the Barossa Valley and over the past few years, he has acquired a number of high-quality vineyards through the region. Tim has been supplying fruit to Two Hands and a strong relationship formed, leading to Tim’s involvement in the business from February 2015. Tim acts as a Non-Executive Director and Proprietor in Two Hands Wines, as well as closely managing his vineyard estates, continually striving to increase quality through improved viticultural management.
Tim Hower

Pierre-Henri Morel

PIERRE-HENRI MOREL – GENERAL MANAGER

Pierre-Henri has a true passion for food, wine and the great terroirs of the world, from his native Rhone Valley all the way to the Barossa Valley. After 13 years at M. Chapoutier in Ermitage, he joined Two Hands Wines in early 2014 as Sales & Marketing Director before being promoted to the role of General manager role in 2017. Pierre-Henri works closely with Michael to oversee all areas of Two Hands’ operation, whilst remaining the main point of contact for sales and distributions.

TRAVIS COOMBE – VITICULTURAL MANAGER

Travis began working in the horticultural industry in his late teens on an almond and onion farm before moving to Henschke in 2001 to begin work as a grape picker. From there he progressed to Vineyard Manager, looking after some of the most prestigious sites in the Eden Valley region. After fourteen years in this role, he came to Two Hands to take up the position of Viticulture Manager in 2015. Travis plays an integral role in managing Two Hands’ existing and developing estate vineyards.
Travis Coombe

Richard Langford

RICHARD LANGFORD – CHIEF WINEMAKER

2018 Barossa Winemaker of the Year!
Richard joins Two Hands in July 2019 and comes with high praise from many present and past Barossa Winemakers. He has worked in the Barossa, Rutherglen, Hunter Valley, Mudgee and the South of France. Richard has a proven ability to work with viticulturalists to ensure that quality begins and occurs in the vineyard.

SARAH SQUIRE – PRODUCTION & WHS MANAGER

Sarah’s parents met in wine country, the Hunter Valley. She grew up in and around wineries as her Dad moved regions with his career. Through her schooling she made the decision to study Winemaking at Adelaide Uni before gaining more experience as an assistant wine maker in Margaret River, McLaren Vale, Hunter Valley before settling in the Limestone Coast with her Viticulturist Husband to started their family. When looking to move out of winemaking to suit family life she a role as Production Manager. Sarah has joined Team Two Hands after moving to the Barossa Valley to pursue her interest in Production side of wine business.
Sarah Squire

Anthony Evans

ANTHONY EVANS – CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Anthony came to Two Hands Wines as the Chief Financial Officer in early 2017. Although new to the Wine Industry, Anthony brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience in accounting across a variety of industries. A father of two young children, Anthony is ambidextrous and a mad Adelaide 36ers supporter.

TIM NEWSOME – WAREHOUSE MANAGER

Wanting to bring his work life closer to his home in the Barossa, Tim has joined Two Hands at an exciting time in the journey of the business. Coming from a background in Warehousing and Logistics across a range of industries, Tim will be overseeing all aspects of Two Hands logistics, including increasing the efficiency of shipping, handling and warehousing. Tim enjoys spending time with his family, along with mountain biking in the forest..
Tim Newsome

James Madden

JAMES MADDEN – WAREHOUSE OPERATOR

Originally from Melbourne, Jim moved to the Barossa 16 years ago after falling in love with the country lifestyle and Barossa community. Holding a Certificate in Business Studies, Jim has also studied Viticulture and has a keen interest and rounded knowledge of all aspects of the wine industry. Over the past eight years, Jim has worked in Logistics and Export before joining Team Two Hands as Warehouse Operator in January 2014.

KEVIN ECKERT – Assistant Accountant

New to the wine industry but heavily experienced in accounting, Kevin joined Two Hands in July 2016. From the engineering and recruitment accounting fields, Kevin wanted to further challenge himself whilst becoming involved in the lifestyle of the Barossa Valley. Kevin prides himself on his sense of humour and always brings a laugh to the workplace.
Kevin Eckert

IRENE IULIANI

JULIE ELVERD – FINANCE OFFICER

Julie grew up in Williamstown, and has lived close to Barossa region ever since. She currently lives on a 2.5 acre property at Cockatoo Valley amongst the gum trees with her husband. She has worked in finance for over 35 years in all kinds of industries; light manufacturing, food manufacturing/processing, retail & wine to name a few. Noting that when she started her career, the technology of the time was Telex Machines, DOS and 9 inch floppy disks (and they were actually floppy!). On her days off you can find her spending time with her two sons, reading, camping, watching some Aussie movies & travelling where possible.

IRENE IULIANI – SALES ADMINISTRATOR

Born and raised in an Italian family in the South East region of South Australia, Irene has always understood the importance of good food and wine. This upbringing played an integral role in Irene starting a career in the wine industry, which has spanned 22 years prior to her joining the team at Two Hands. In addition to her time in Coonawarra, Irene has also enjoyed working across several famous wine regions, including Clare Valley, Adelaide Hills and the Barossa Valley. Outside of the office, Irene can be found laughing with friends and family over a nice glass of wine and a platter of some locally sourced food.
Irene Iuliani


PIPPA MERRETT – MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

Pippa was born into a wine growing family in the Riverina wine region in NSW. With a passion for wine inspired by her upbringing, Pippa has worked for the Australian Wine Bureau in the USA and held various marketing and public relations roles during her career in the wine industry. New to the Two Hands team in 2018, she brings a passion for telling the stories beyond the wine in the glass. She loves design, has a penchant for flowers and shoes and loves spending time with her family and friends.
Pippa Merrett

Brooke

BROOKE EDSON – ASSISTANT WINEMAKER

A Barossa native from birth, Brooke has always had an interest in the wine industry. She started her career straight from school with a vintage and her passion for the wine industry grew from there with experience in all corners of the winery, from working in the cellar, lab, warehouse and the cellar door. When she’s not organising Richard and the lab, she loves spending time with her family, playing netball and football for the local teams. She loves a challenge and learning new things and adds a great energy to the team.

MORGAN DUNEMANN – MARKETING & SALES CO-ORDINATOR

Morgan is a country SA native, growing up in the spectacular Flinders Ranges. A passionate wine professional, prior to Two Hands, she worked in the cool-climate wine region near Australia’s Capital, Canberra. She’s studied Media and Communications with a specialisation in travel and tourism. She is our resident green thumb and specialist in succulents having a large collection that almost equals her vast collection of vinyl records. Morgan is also an avid royal watcher and is an expert in all things QE2 and her corgis.

Cattle

FELICITY OSBORNE – CELLAR DOOR SALES MANAGER

Felicity was first introduced to the wine industry when her parents purchased a vineyard in Langhorne Creek in the early 90’s. From there her passion led her to studying Hospitality Management & Tourism. She has worked extensively in restaurant industry over her career, both in Australia and U.K. Prior to joining the Two Hands team she was selling some of the fine wines of Australia/the world to on-premise venues across SA. On her days off her interests include cooking to share great food & wine with family and friends. Getting outside gardening, visiting the beach for some sun & looking to reinstate her love for travel once we can again.

DAVE RUSHTON- CELLAR HAND

Dave, originally from Queensland, is our resident muso – he originally started as a sound engineer and studied Pop Music at the University of Queensland. His passion for wine got the better of him and he started his own wine blog to share his wine experiences . He moved to Barossa with his wife and two gorgeous daughters and joined the Two Hands winery team in 2016.
Dave Rushton

John & Alex

JOHN ROESLER AND ALEX WATT – Viticulture TEAM

Working closely with Travis in our estate vineyards, are the wonderful John and Alex. The diligent and quiet achievers of the Two Hands team, John and Alex brave extreme temperatures to keep our vineyards in tip-top shape. Both John and Alex have their own vineyards so can be found tending to them when not in ours. John is passionate about the local footy and cricket competition and Alex is a proud family man, is a keen beekeeper and supplies the feed for Brutus the Bull and his family.

DAISY & OLLIE – FOUR LEGGED FRIENDS

Daisy (Rhodesian Ridgeback) & Ollie (Springer Spaniel) are integral members of the Two Hands family. Their antics around the winery, cellar door & office space boost team moral. They also directly assist production being the right hand of our Chief Winemaker Richard & Viticulturist Travis. Shout out to our other doggos sometimes seen at Marananga, Chocco the chocolate Lab of our GM Pierre & Ziggy the Dachshund of MT.
Daisy Ollie

Cattle

BRUTUS & FAMILY – Guardians of the Holy Grail

Our Scottish Highlander Cattle guarding the Holy Grail vineyard on Seppeltsfield Road. A family affair, including both mum and dad, these cows love to meet guests who are joining Two Hands on our Vineyard Experience tours. Growing up as a young boy MT states “I lived for new ‘Asterix’ cartoons, so when my Bull arrived on that fateful day I named him Brutus”.