The Heritage Estate Wines FamilyMeet the people responsible for our vineyards and winery.
Supervising Winemaker and Viticulturist
John joined Heritage Estate wines in 2004 and since then has produced a raft of award-winning wines. John oversees every aspect of wine production from the nurturing of the vines through to the final bottled product. John is absolutely passionate about excellence in winemaking and viticulture. In his spare time, he is an avid fisherman and motorcycle enthusiast.
Owner and Chief Titratist!Therese is co-owner and business manager of Heritage Estate Wines. Her love affair with wine began when, as a very young woman, she au-paired on a respected French vineyard and winery for 12 months. She then amassed a significant collection of beautiful Australian wines which due to their excellent cellaring are still brought out on occasion.
Owner and aspiring tractor boy
Robert is co-owner of Heritage Estate Wines, with a background in GIS (mapping) and science and has always embraced a love of wine. Having been raised on a farm he constantly pesters John for excuses to play with the big persons’ toys and is occasionally useful.
Leigh De Lissa
Cellar Door and Catering Manager - Granite Belt
Leigh has an interesting and varied past, including studies in languages and a great deal of time spent overseas. Leigh owns her own vineyard which she lovingly tends. Leigh can be found helping out Granite Belt customers to enjoy our wonderful wines in both the little Church and Cottonvale cellar doors.
Paddy and Bryce Kassulke
Paddy and Bryce are the founders of Heritage Estate Wines and we are delighted that they are still actively involved providing coordination for the Tamborine Mountain Cellar Doors and sought after advice in general!
Cellar Doors - THULIMBAH
Lara is a wine enthusiast of wide experience who assists our Thulimbah and Cottonvale cellar door customers to experience the delights of Heritage Estate Wines. In her spare time, Lara enjoys dancing, interior design and property renovation.
Moira Van Houdt
Events and Cellar Doors - Granite Belt
Moira has worked for Heritage Estate Wines for over a decade and knows just how wonderful John Handy’s wines are, so much so that she takes a special interest in keeping our social media pages updated. Moira is responsible for the very successful Jazzify live music festival at Heritage.
Lahcen admits to speaking at least 4 languages and we suspect he is underestimating. When managing teams of international backpackers out in the vineyard he is the master! Lahcen works with John to produce those lovely grapes and then lends a hand in the winery at vintage.
Publications and Cellar Door - Tamborine mountain
Susie loves to talk about her wines and share her enjoyment of Heritage’s range so that everyone understands the winemaking process and the flavours that remain in the glass for a small eternity.
Cellar Door and Gardens - thulimbah & Cottonvale, Stanthorpe
Kym is devoted to the persuit of good wine and has a great way of explaining the process of appreciation with our customers. Kym work in the Church and Winery cellar doors and is a great asset to the Heritage Family.