About Us

We’ve been producing world class wine grapes for almost 100 years

If there’s one thing we’re proud of, it’s our heritage. Since 1922, we have worked with wine grape growers from all over the Riverland to consistently supply world class fruit and wine.
Our reputation for quality wine grapes has stood the test of time, through droughts, floods and the many other challenges the region has faced.
The vineyard area of our growers covers nearly 8,000 hectares, and comprises some 52 different winegrape varieties from the popular Chardonnay and Shiraz to the lesser known Pinot Gris and Malbec.
As we approach 100 years of trading wine grapes, our co-op has embarked on it’s biggest modernisation to date. We’re actively re-positioning the co-op to meet the challenges the new world economy presents, and to ensure our growers achieve the best returns possible.

History

Board of Directors

CCW is a member-owned and controlled Co-operative, governed by rules under the Co-operatives Act. We are managed by a Board of Directors who are active suppliers to CCW.
Our directors all add value to the board’s strategic direction with their combined experience in agriculture, finance, human resources and technology. They all own vineyards or are directly involved in the wine grape industry.
Many have strong family histories with the co-op – some of which date back to it’s origins in 1922.
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Sean joined CCW in December 2017.

He has previously held many key executive leadership positions within a variety of industries.

In most recent times, Sean has held the position of Regional Merchandising Manager (Asia Pacific) for Cargill, in the malting industry.

Sean possesses an expert knowledge in procurement, manufacturing, merchandising, commodity trading, hedging, risk management, finance, export and sales, both domestically & internationally.  Sean has held the positions of wheat trader for Viterra and Trading Manager for Australian Growers Direct. He has also worked for National foods (now Lion) in the dairy industry and Visy in the packing sector.

Sean holds a Bachelor of Economics, from the University of Adelaide. He has additionally held a previous directorship on the Barley Australia board.

Sean Cole

Chief Executive Officer
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Ashley is the Chair of CCW, and has strong family links to the co-op dating back 38 years. Ashley is also a Director of Vine Health Australia, and South Australian Murray Irrigators.

He has previously served as a Director on the National Irrigators Council, and supported his local community as part of the Barmera Agricultural Bureau, and the Riverland Field Day Committee.

He attained a Bachelor of Science from Adelaide University, and has worked in a range of roles in various wineries. He now manages his family vineyard in Barmera with wife Natasha and their children.

Mob:  0409 882 582

Ashley Chabrel

Chairman
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Brett has a degree in Agricultural Science from Adelaide University majoring in pest management. His family have been integral to the wine grape industry in the Riverland, and he now manages the family operation of 80 hectares of vines in Paringa, along with other citrus and almond properties.

Mob:   0437 311 765

Brett Broomell

Deputy Chairman
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Kevin spent 24 years at Yalumba Wines in finance, IT and HR, and previously managed a large South Australian bakery group. He has an accounting degree from Swinburne University and also spent time with Australian Corporate Treasuries.

Kevin is on the board of the Barossa Co-op, and was previously Chair at Lenswood Co-operative – South Australia’s largest apple producer.

Mob:  0412 256 826

Kevin Renshaw

Independent Director
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As a second generation wine grape grower, Sam learnt much of what he knows from his father, who sailed out to Australia in the early 1950’s from southern Italy.

Sam studied rural management at TAFE, and is active in managing his family’s business of 45 hectares of wine grapes and 20 hectares of citrus stretching from Renmark to Pike River.

Mob:  0417 894 794

Sam Albanese

Director
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Brenton’s family history in the Riverland dates back over 100 years. He is a fourth generation wine grape grower, and has studied project management and viticulture.

Brenton works for the Department of Environment on the irrigation efficiency team, and has previously worked for Adelaide Uni at the Waite Campus for research and teaching vineyard management.

Mob:  0429 090 321

Brenton Fenwick

Director
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As a past Chair of CCW, Peter knows the co-op intimately. He has been a Director since 2003, and adds value to the board’s strategic direction through his vast experience. Peter’s family have been instrumental in securing the future of the Riverland wine grape industry, through lobbying and advocacy on behalf of growers. Peter now continues that tradition by ensuring the co-op is positioned to meet new challenges.

He is an active grower with wife Michelle, and together they own and manage many acres of wine grapes and citrus in the region.

Mob:  0419 033 904

Peter Hill

Director
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Michelle has been involved in the family vineyard since 2005, managing
85 acres of vines with her husband at Glossop.

Michelle has a commerce degree majoring in business law from Curtin University, and a strong work history that includes Deloittes, and export and marketing in the Riverland wine industry.

Michelle is now Office Manager at a local law firm overseeing finances and business operations.

Mob:  0407 191 637

Michelle Kennedy

Director
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Mintu’s family have been CCW growers “from day one”, and he is delighted to continue the tradition which dates back over 2 decades. He manages 23 hectares of vines in Glossop and Cobdogla, and is proud of the Sikh community’s involvement in the success of the co-op.

Mintu has seen the co-op’s evolution. He is very optimistic about the transformation underway and believes growers should take advantage of CCW’s new position in the market as a leader.

Mob:  0490 178 208

Gurpinder (Mintu) Singh

Director

Viticulturalists

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Ian joined CCW as Senior Viticulture Officer in December 2014.

After graduating in Agricultural Science, Ian’s first job was viticultural extension officer with the Victorian Department of Agriculture at Mildura. During this time, Ian led or co-operated in research into regulated deficit irrigation, trellis drying of sultanas, minimal pruning and vine grafting. He then left government service to establish his own viticultural consultancy business, based mainly in Victoria. During this time Ian undertook further studies in viticulture and winemaking at Charles Sturt University.

In 2006, Ian moved to the Riverland and worked as grape supply and vineyard manager at Kingston Estate before joining the CCW team.

Ian Macrae

Senior Viticulture Officer
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Ashley joined CCW as Viticultural Officer in September 2016.

Raised on a fruit block in the Riverland an interest in all things agricultural developed. After graduating from Roseworthy Agriculture College with a Degree in Agriculture Science, Ashley joined PIRSA at the Loxton Research Centre and worked for 25 years as an Irrigation Horticultural/Viticultural Extension Officer. The last 5 years of that time delivering agricultural aid programs in the Middle East, North Africa and India.

Ashley Lipman

Viticulturalist

Company Secretary

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Mark Voigt Profile.

Mark Voigt

Company Secretary

CCW Cares. We proudly support the following

Corporate Directory

Chief Executive Officer
Sean Cole
Board of Directors
Ashley Chabrel  (Chairman)
Brett Broomell  (Deputy Chairman)
Sam Albanese
Brenton Fenwick
Peter A Hill
Michelle A Kennedy
Gurpinder (Mintu) Singh

Company Secretary
Mark Voigt
Administration Secretary
Voula Zois

Viticulturalists
Ian Macrae
Ashley Lipman

Bankers
Commonwealth Bank of Australia
Berri, SA

Auditors
William Buck
Chartered Accountants and Advisors

Adelaide, SA

Legal Advisors 

Andrew & Dale Barristers & Solicitors
Berri, SA

Fisher Jeffries Barristers & Solicitors
Adelaide, SA
Registered Office
9 Battams Road, Glossop, SA  5344
PO Box 236, Barmera, SA  5345
Telephone: (08) 8583 2286
Facsimile: (08) 8583 2189