The Team

Gwyn with Spence

Gwyn Olsen

Head Winemaker


Gwyn joined Briar Ridge as Chief Winemaker in 2013, and added General Manager to her role in July 2014. Gwyn studied Oenology at Roseworthy University in Adelaide, graduating in 2005, completing her first vintage in France, with a further six in New Zealand, and three in the Hunter Valley. In late 2015 Gwyn became the Head Winemaker for the Davis Family Vineyards portfolio.


In September 2014 Gwyn received the prestigious Gourmet Traveller WINE's Young Winemaker Medal, and in 2012 was named DUX of the Australian Wine Research Institute, Advanced Wine Assessment Course 2012. In doing so she has cemented her place as a rising star of the Australian wine industry.    


 Gwyn Olsen Bio July 2016 




Luke Watson 

Karl Stockhausen

Consultant Winemaker  


Karl Stockhausen has been a winemaker in the Hunter Valley for over 50 years. His name was behind the marvellous Lindeman’s Hunter Valley Classics in the 1960’s, 1970’s and 1980’s. Today he continues his involvement with quality wines by selecting the fruit and supervising the winemaking process for two wines that typify traditional Hunter Styles; the Karl Stockhausen Signature Semillon and the Karl Stockhausen Signature Shiraz. In June 2007, Karl was officially made a 'Living Legend' by receiving one of the six inaugural recipients of the Hunter Living Legends Awards.