In 2018, Clare Valley grape growers and winemakers brought their talents together in a single association.
We have a history of resilience; to floods, bushfires, droughts and gluts – and the future will bring new challenges. And now, with a shared focus on quality, transparency and collaboration, our region is well-prepared. We are building future skills and capabilities and tackling risks head on to enable our region to reach its full potential.
Our Strategic Plan
Grant CarrBOARD MEMBER
Grant is relatively new to the wine industry, having previously spent over 20 years in corporate roles across the UK and in South Australia. In 2018 Grant chose to pursue his passion for wine, buying a small vineyard in Leasingham which he now takes care of with his family. Grant describes himself as an ‘apprentice’ grape grower committed to the long-term success of Clare Valley wine.
Penny LionBoard Member
After a 30-year career in tourism, including 11 years as part of the executive team at Tourism Australia, Penny Lion has joined her family’s Clare Valley wine and grape business and has built a portfolio of complementary non-executive directorships. Beyond graduating from the AICD, her governance experience spans the nonprofit sector, government and private sector, bringing expertise in marketing, operations, stakeholder engagement and government relations. In addition to joining the Clare Valley Wine and Grape Association in 2021, she also serves as a non-executive director of Racing SA, Adelaide Venue Management Corporation (AVMC), and The Australian Business Events Association (ABEA).
Hilary MitchellBoard Member
As daughter of Jane and Andrew Mitchell, of Mitchell Wines, Hilary grew up immersed in Clare Valley wine. Returning to Clare from 12 years in Europe in 2014, spurred on by her love of the Clare Valley and the Mitchell Wines family business, Hilary has graduated from Business Administration, Wine Business and is in the final stages of a Graduate Diploma in Oenology and Viticulture, all undertaken at the Adelaide University. Hilary has worked the last 7 vintages at Mitchells alongside head winemaker, Simon Pringle, as well as completed numerous vintages in Spain and Southern France.
She has a a strong interest in sustainability and a belief that community is essential to the future long-term success of the Clare Valley Wine and Grape Association. She looks forward to being an active member of the board, working as a representative for all members to help enhance the global representation of Clare Valley wine.
Matt SchultzBOARD MEMBER
Matt has spent most of his working career working in Finance and Management roles within the wine industry, manufacturing and Agri related Businesses in the Adelaide Hills. He moved to Clare Valley in 2015, where he works in the Senior Leadership team at Taylors Wines as Production Accounting Manager. He has a passion for the wine industry, tourism, and a strong interest in sustainability.
Matt holds a Bachelor of Commerce, is a Certified Practising Accountant (CPA) and has a broad range of experience spanning governance, business and strategic planning, projects, risk management, compliance & systems, work health & safety, HR, financial management and IT systems. He is also active in the community having represented on several school governing councils in various roles.
Matt participated in the inaugural Clare Valley Wine & Grape Association’s Next Crop Leadership program in 2022 and looks forward to be an active Board Member.
Olivia HoffmannBOARD MEMBER
Olivia has worked as the Marketing Manager for Jim Barry Wines for the past 10 years overseeing branding, communications, packaging and promotion both domestically and overseas. She completed market immersions in the USA and UK for the winery before joining the Jim Barry team in Clare on a full time basis. In 2016, Olivia completed her Masters of Wine Business.