Fiona has over thirty years’ experience in the wine industry – a high achieving graduate from the Roseworthy Agricultural College – completing a Bachelor in Applied Science in Oenology, awarded the KT Hardy Memorial Scholarship for Performance as well as the Silver Medal for Second Aggregate at the time of graduation.
Since then Fiona went on to work for Thomas Hardy and Sons (Tintara Winery), Barossa Valley Estate, Penfolds, Hardy Wine, before joining Seppeltsfield in 2009. Fiona was central to the winemaking resurrection of the 1888 Gravity Cellar and leads the winemaking team as Chief Winemaker – custodian of the Centennial Cellar and responsible for the super-premium and luxury table and fortified wines.
In 2012, Fiona was awarded Barossa Winemaker of the Year by the wine fraternity Barons of Barossa and in 2016 was inducted as a Baron of Barossa.
Fiona has been a member of the Royal Adelaide Wine Show committee since 2015 and a Lens Evans Tutorial Scholar.
Fiona has been the panel chair at the Hunter Wine Show and Chairman of the Riverland Wine Show, as well as a judge at the Alternative Varieties Wine Show and Barossa Wine Show.
Fiona leads the Seppeltsfield Winemaking team and is the custodian of the Centennial Cellar. Fiona this year has celebrated her 11th vintage at Seppeltsfield.