Oxford Landing Estates

Real Characters. Real stories.

There are a number of people who have shaped the history of Oxford Landing. Real characters who have made it the place it is today.

Wyndham Hill-Smith

1909 - 1990

Oxford Landing founder, Wyndham Hill-Smith was a significant player in the birth of the modern Australian wine industry. Great-grandson of Samuel Smith who established Yalumba in 1849, Wyndham had wine in his blood. He led Australia's renaissance from fortifieds to table wine during the 1960's and 1970's, introducing new labels and wine styles to meet the nation’s changing palate. He also liked a punt on the horses, was a talented landscape painter and even represented Australia against England and South Africa in the cricket. He was certainly a busy man and an interesting dinner party guest.

Marty Burnell

Operations Manager

Marty Burnell was a footloose and fancy-free, 20-something traveller working his way around Australia, picking fruit and grapes, when he arrived at Oxford Landing Estates. That was over 33 years ago and he’s been part of the furniture ever since. Today, as our operations manager, Marty ensures that everyone who works here feels as at home and supported as he did on that first day. A walking encyclopedia of the history of the vineyard, Marty can tell you everything about the vines and the soil. He can also tell you the best place to catch fish and yabbies in the river, which he likes to do in his spare time. But what Marty is really hooked on is making great wine, and his local knowledge and attention to detail helps us do just that.

Andrew La Nauze

Winemaker

Andrew, or Andy as we call him, grew up in South Australia’s Barossa Valley wine region where, not surprisingly, he developed a great interest in wine. After studying Oenology and getting some vintages under his belt in the Barossa, Mt Benson and Alsace in France, he joined the Yalumba winemaking team. Here he crafted the outstanding Y Series range. Now at the helm of Oxford Landing Estates, Andy is responsible for ensuring our wines express the regional and varietal character of our neck of the woods. When he’s not walking the vineyards or toiling away in the winery, Andy likes to play guitar. He’s been in a few bands with other winery crew, most recently one called, The Travelling Wineberries. Music’s a part time gig for Andy but he’s always on song when it comes to crafting fine wines. By the way, La Nauze is pronounced, La Nose (quite appropriate for a winemaker).

Glynn Muster

Vineyard Manager

A Riverland boy through and through, Glynn grew up in the region, not far from Oxford Landing. He went to school here, played footy and cricket here and started working in vineyards around the traps, which quickly brought him to Oxford Landing Estates. After 9 years with us, Glynn spread his wings and went to manage another vineyard just 10 minutes down the road. 8 years later we were able to lure him back and he now manages our vineyards. Although he’s not playing cricket anymore (he recently retired his bat and ball), Glynn is still hitting sixes in the vineyard. He’s pushing the boundaries to grow the best possible grapes and produce the best possible wines.

Chris Wotton

Kitchen Genius

Chris is the main man behind the real food here. Chris' laidback style covers an impressive core of proper, tried-and-tested food wisdom. This guy seriously knows his stuff in the kitchen.

The cooking photos you see here on oxfordlanding.com are shot at his place - an amazing old homestead which is so textbook rustic-perfect, you'd almost think he was doing it on purpose (don't worry, he isn't!).

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