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Our People

Chief Winemaker
David Bicknell
With precision, innovation and decades of experience, it is David Bicknell’s innate understanding of grape and terroir that result in exceptional wines year after year.
With an approach to wine-making that incorporates everything from the soil type from which the vines are grown to the type of music that is played during vinification, David successfully amplifies site whilst seamlessly constructing the balance, elegance and freshness that define Oakridge wines.
He is a Gourmet Traveller Winemaker of the Year Winner (‘17), a past Dux of the Len Evans Tutorial (‘05) and co-founder of the Victorian Pinot Noir Workshop (’02). David has led the Oakridge winemaking team since 2002.
Senior Winemaker
Tim Dexter
For Tim, growing up surrounded by vines on the Mornington Peninsula inevitably led to gainful employment in the vineyard at an early age. After graduating from Environmental Studies, Tim embarked on a globetrotting adventure, working in renowned wine regions such as the Napa Valley, Margaret River, and Oregon, as well as returning to his roots on the Mornington Peninsula. These experiences solidified his devotion to the world of wine, infecting him with an insatiable "wine bug". Seeking to enhance his expertise, Tim pursued postgraduate studies in Viticulture and Oenology at the University of Adelaide. Armed with formal qualifications, he continued to broaden his horizons with vintage work in Burgundy and the Adelaide Hills. In 2023, Tim joined the Oakridge team as Senior Winemaker.
Victoria Schwarz
The newest addition to our winery team, Victoria was born and raised in the Clare Valley, and brings with her a plethora of experience, drawing inspiration from her family’s background in managing vineyards and producing wine.
Victoria completed vintages in the Clare Valley, Napa Valley and NZ before graduating from the University of Adelaide with a Bachelor of Viticulture and Oenology in 2019.
Victoria most recently worked as assistant winemaker at Pikes Wines.
Vineyard Manager
Steve Faulkner
Steve Faulkner obtained a Bachelor of Agriculture from the University of Melbourne, Dookie College in 2005. Steve has now completed 20 vintages in the vineyard, spanning 4 wine regions, with majority being in cool climate, and a few in warmer climates, creating an in-depth knowledge of how to manage a vineyard in both, which is valuable as we deal with climate change.
Steve has been a leader in biological farming and alternative viticulture for over a decade, applying compost teas, estate made compost, soft spray programs and chemical reduction.
"It's all about the dirt" is a firm belief Steve holds, as that is where it all begins. Increasing biological life within the soil is the best place to start to grow great wine grapes. Absolute attention to detail, year on year refining of practices and the drive to always do better is what keeps Steve and his team striving to always do better.
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