Nothing by chance. All the tiny details need to be considered when it comes to making beautiful wine. We believe the best wine is created with teamwork, passion, and a shared vision. The magic is in where each of our team members’ strengths meet – it’s our combined skills and experience that make Vandenberg wines special.
Before founding Vandenberg Wines, Richie Vandenberg was a notable ‘Aussie Rules’ footballer and captain of a different sort. He played for Hawthorn Football Club from 1997, becoming captain of the team in 2005, and retiring from the game in 2007. Armed with a business degree and a 25-year association with the wine industry, Richie co-founded Vandenberg Wines in 2013 with the goal of creating premium wine, and continuing family tradition.
Justin is a serial entrepreneur. In 2006, he was named as one of the top 30 people to have influenced Victoria in business by The Age newspaper. Since then he has continued to make his mark on the business landscape, both in Australia and internationally, through successfully building and selling companies in the retail, restaurant, nightclub, FMCG, entertainment and technology sectors. In founding Vandenberg Wines, Justin was able to create the perfect blend between his love of wine and his head for business.
Leisha brings a wealth of winemaking experience to Vandenberg Wines, having worked with fruit from the local Limestone Coast in Australia, and beyond. After completing a Bachelor of Ag Science (Oenology) at The University of Adelaide in 2005, she set out to see the wine regions of the world—completing 9 vintages over a 5-year period. In 2009, Leisha returned to the Limestone Coast to follow her passion for cool climate winemaking and is a familiar face at industry meetings & tastings.
Before wine, Jasmin was passionate about fitness. She completed a Bachelor of Exercise Science, worked as a corporate fitness consultant, and ran a successful personal and group training business. She then met and married Richie Vandenberg and together they have three children. In addition to being the namesake of one of the Vandenberg collections, Jasmin and Richie are a team unto themselves, managing family life with the demands of a family business, together.