As Vineyard and Environmental Manager for Hanwood Winery, Ruth is responsible for managing both the winery’s 420ha of vineyards and also winery environmental compliance.
Ruth graduated with a Bachelor of Agricultural Science from Lincoln University in New Zealand, and combined this with an Advanced Diploma of Viticultural Management from The University of Sydney in 2003. Recently Ruth has also completed training in International Standards for Environmental, Food Safety, HACCP and Quality Management, and auditing to these standards.
In 1997 Ruth began working at Arrowfield Wines in the Hunter Valley, becoming assistant vineyard manager in 1999. In 2002 Ruth accepted the position of Vineyard and Olive Grove Manager for Oatley Family Wines based in Mudgee, where, in addition to managing 100ha of vineyards and 80ha of olives Ruth was also ran the olive oil press. Ruth joined the McWilliam’s Wines Group Hanwood team in 2013, and was appointed in her current position in 2014.
Ruth continues to act as an olive oil judge at both state and national level in Australia, and internationally.