Shaw + Smith
Shaw + Smith was established in 1989 by cousins Michael Hill Smith MW and Martin Shaw. They focus on varieties that suit the cooler Hills climate: Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Shiraz. Shaw + Smith own three vineyards, in Lenswood, Piccadilly and Balhannah.
Growing the best possible grapes, managing vineyards sustainably, and valuing vine health, soil health, and low yields are central to the Shaw + Smith approach. In the pursuit of quality the wines are fermented, aged and bottled on site at Balhannah. The wines are vibrant, modern expressions of their varieties, their sites and the season.
Shaw + Smith’s first vintage was in 1990 and in 1999 they purchased a property at Balhannah, where they planted vines, and built the winery and tasting room in time for the 2000 vintage. As the business has grown Michael and Martin have built a formidable team - including Master of Wine and Joint CEO David LeMire, Senior Winemaker and Joint CEO Adam Wadewitz, CFO Grant Lovelock and Group Viticulturist Murray Leake.
MICHAEL HILL SMITH MW
Owner and Co-founder
Michael Hill Smith was the first Australian to pass the rigorous Master of Wine examination in 1988. Michael is an international wine judge, wine consultant and strong advocate for Australian fine wine both within Australia and internationally.
Owner and Co-founder
Martin Shaw studied winemaking at Roseworthy and the University of Bordeaux. He has worked and consulted widely in Australia, New Zealand, France, Italy, Spain and Chile.
DAVID LEMIRE MW
Head of Sales and Marketing, Joint CEO
David LeMire MW joined the team at Shaw + Smith in 2010, as Global Sales and Marketing Manager. He is involved in education with the Institute of Masters of Wine, is a wine show judge, and writes articles for Australia’s Wine Business Magazine.
Senior Winemaker, Joint CEO
Adam Wadewitz, one of Australia's brightest winemaking talents, joined Shaw + Smith as Senior Winemaker in 2013. He is a former Dux of the prestigious Len Evans Tutorial, and a regular wine show judge. In 2022 Adam was named Winemaker of the Year (WOTY) by The Wine Magazine.
Chief Financial Officer
Grant Lovelock is a Chartered Accountant and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He has more than 20 years of wine industry experience, and he joined Shaw + Smith as Chief Financial Officer in 2009.
Murray Leake is one of the Adelaide Hill’s most respected viticulturists, having established a number of premium vineyards, and served as regional chair of the viticultural committee. In 2021, Murray was awarded the The Kym Ludvigsen Trophy for Viticultural Excellence at one of Australia's oldest and most respected wine shows, The Melbourne Royal Wine Awards.
Kavita Faiella has extensive experience in hospitality, export, and wine education. She spent a decade living in Asia, where she was the regional sommelier for the prestigious AMAN Hotel Group and wine director for the Pressroom Group in Hong Kong. She is an Advanced Sommelier, a Len Evans Scholar, and a graduate of the Wine Australia Future Leaders Program.
National Sales Manager
Tom Donegan has a Master’s Degree in Wine Business from the University of Adelaide, is a Certified Sommelier and has completed WSET III, the AWRI's Advanced Wine Assessment Course and the Wine Australia Future Leaders Program. He joined Shaw + Smith in 2020 following several years spent working in the USA wine industry.