Karin Penninga

Cellar Door Manager

Karin Penninga is the Cellar Door Manager at McWilliam’s Hanwood Estate. Originally from the Netherlands, she studied Agricultural Economics-Marketing (BSc) and travelled whilst doing her traineeships in various countries in Europe and Africa. Having worked two years in the recruitment industry after her graduation it was time to travel again, emigrating to Australia in 2001.

Karin worked in the McWilliam’s Wines laboratory for two vintages and then returned to the recruitment industry. After some experience managing a labor hire company and a backpackers hostel, Karin returned to her roots as the Manager of the Cellar Door at Hanwood Estate.

Karin is responsible for the running of the Cellar Door, site events and the member’s wine club. Karin’s passionate approach has enabled her to learn about the large portfolio of wines available in the Hanwood Cellar Door and she enjoys the opportunity to share this passion for the McWilliam’s ranges.

Melinda Bonetti

Cellar Door Assistant Manager

Melinda Bonetti has worked for McWilliam’s Wines for over 13 years. Starting off as a cellar hand at McWilliam’s Yenda winery during a University break, she managed all of McWilliam’s commercial wine stores maturing in barrel and learnt the basic principles of winemaking. After five years in this role she moved into the Yenda office, before shifting to the Cellar Door at Hanwood Estate when the two sites merged in 2007.

As Assistant Cellar Door Manager at Hanwood Estate, Melinda’s role is to assist Karin Penninga (Cellar Door Manager) in the daily operations and management of the Hanwood Estate. She enjoys meeting new and returning travelers to the Riverina and watching customers delight in the diverse range of wines McWilliam’s has to offer.