B. Ag Sci
AV&M’s Operations Manager Clark Skinner, has over 20 years experience as a viticulturist working in commercial agronomy. Initially working for a major rural merchandise store Clark provided comprehensive viticultural/agronomic advice to a large number of both corporate and private growers. Through his actions many of Clarks clients were able to significantly improve vineyard performance. Clark has continued this success within AV&M’s portfolio of vineyards under management and has established an excellent track record of producing high quality fruit to specification utilising efficient and effective vineyard management programs. Clark has extensive project management experience in vineyard development and redevelopment.
As part of the AV&M executive team Clark combines his extensive business experience with practical agronomy skills to maximise asset performance and profitability.
Born and raised in regional South Australia Brett has always had a close relationship with the land. After completing horticultural studies at Roseworthy Agricultural College Brett began his professional career working on large mixed horticultural properties in Sunraysia.
After gaining experience in technical and management roles working for Southcorp Wines Brett moved into the role the Group Vineyards Manager for the Kirribilly Wine group and oversaw the development and management of 1200 ha of vineyards in South Australia.
Joining Pernod-Ricard in 2006 Brett held a number of senior positions. Most recently Brett was the Technical Manager for Viticulture, based in China from 2010 to 2015. Prior to that Brett was the National Grape Supply Manager and National Vineyards Manager for Pernod Ricard overseeing the production and intake of fruit.
Brett has over 30 years of operational experience in viticulture/horticulture including significant international experience.
Brett holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Agriculture and has extensive experience in the implementation and management of a number of production, quality and safety systems.
Fleet Operations Manager
Mark Vannucci joined AV&M in 2004 as a Vineyard Leading Hand, quickly progressing to Vineyard Supervisor, Assistant Manager and then Vineyard Manager of a large-scale vineyard located in the Barossa.
Having owned and operated a successful business for over 20 years prior to joining AV&M, Mark has been able to combine his extensive business experience with a detailed knowledge of vineyard operations.
As Fleet Operations Manager, Mark oversees AV&M’s extensive fleet of equipment, including a fully equipped workshop employing multiple maintenance staff.
Working across multiple states and regions Mark has a detailed knowledge of the operational requirements of a large fleet across multiple projects and specialises in maximising operational efficiencies.
Mark holds a Certificate III in Viticulture and Horticulture, and is also a qualified workplace assessor.
M. Sc. Viticulture & Oenology, MBA
Originally from South Africa, Drikus brings a wealth of international viticulture and horticulture experience to the AV&M team.
Prior to joining AV&M Drikus was employed as National Horticulture Operations Manager with Costa Berries in New South Wales. Prior to this he worked for the Distell Group, a leading producer of fine wines, spirits and RTD’s in South Africa. Over a 20 year period Drikus held a number of positions with the Distell Group, including Head of Agricultural Services, General Manager Farms and Technical Services, Manager of Viticulture & Grape Buying, and Specialist Viticulturist.
Drikus holds a Master of Science in Viticulture & Oenology (studied in France & Germany), as well as an MBA (South Africa).
B.Sci – Viticulture
Having spent over 8 years living and working in a number of wine regions both in Australia and overseas AV&M’s Technical Viticulturist, Kate Tracy brings a solid list of skills and experience to the team.
From large scale warm and cool climate vineyards to boutique artisan style operations Kate has supplemented her viticultural experience with time spent assisting with winemaking, laboratory and cellar door sales activities.
This broad range of experience serves Kate well in her multi regional role working with AV&M’s diverse vineyard portfolio.
Kate holds a Bachelor of Science (Viticulture) and is currently studying a Masters of Oenology and Viticulture at Charles Sturt University.
Consulting Viticulturist/Project Manager
B.A.Sc. M.Wine Tech & Marketing
After spending a childhood growing up on a sheep and cattle property in the southern area of the Barossa, Ashley found himself carving out a career in an industry that had been in his backyard for generations. Having completed his first University Degree Ashley worked as a viticulturist with Pernod Ricard, and Rosemount Estate before moving to Yalumba. During 14 years of employment with Yalumba, Ashley has managed the 36,000t Oxford Landing Winery and vineyards, directed the bottling/logistics businesses as well as running the sales and marketing division of the Yalumba Nursery. Ashley has experience in many international wine businesses located in France, Italy, Canada and California.
In addition to holding a Masters Degree in Wine Technology & Marketing, and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Viticulture, Ashley has been the recipient of several prestigious industry awards.