Our highly skilled operators are both oenological and cellar-operations qualified, combined with several years experience of operation. The operators are professional and happy to interact with the winemaker, conduct a sweet spot trial for alcohol correction, and assist with conducting sensory evalution.
Matthew Hooper has a strong commitment to the wine industry since his beginnings in 1998. Matthew started in the viticultural aspect of the wine industry and after two years, progressed into the winery. Gaining much experience working in South Africa at a number of prestigious estates, Matthew then moved to Australia, gaining invaluable international experience and exposure.
The growth of VAF in Australia since 2003 has made it the clear market leader in wine filtration services to the wine industry.
After the acquisition of Memstar by VA Filtration in 2013, Matthew became Managing Director of both companies, offering the best of both companies to Australian winemakers.
Location South Australia
Contact 0438 13 1551
Steve Clarkson has been involved in the wine industry for over 25 years. Raised in Coonawarra his first role was as a Laboratory Technician in a local winery, this was quickly followed with a change to hands on cellar work. This was the spark that started a winemaking career. After a vintage in the Hunter, Steve completed his Winemaking degree at Roseworthy. His career as a Winemaker commenced with Ryecroft in McLaren Vale in 1988, coinciding with the start of the Australian Wine Industry boom.
After 3 years in one of Australia’s best wine-growing regions, Steve moved back to the iconic Hunter Valley. This move, in 1990, was with Pernod – Ricard and signalled the start of a 24 year career with Orlando. After 7 years as Winemaker Manager of Hunter Estate and Richmond Grove wineries, Steve moved to the Barossa, continuing as Winemaker for Richmond Grove and adding the mantle as site manager. During the next 10 years the site grew to a 50,000 tonne red facility, producing not only iconic high end wines but consistently high quality commercial wines.
2008 saw Steve transfer to Rowland Flat, where, over the next 6 years he held several roles across the business. These included Bottling and Commercial management, Capital Development, Contract Processing, Winery & Laboratory Management, brand promotion and lastly Winemaking Management. Steve joined VA Filtration and Memstar in October 2014 to assist the team in both an operational and technical role and promote the value of this unique business to the wider Australian wine industry.
Location South Australia
Contact 0417 861 987
David Wollan was born in Brisbane but grew up in Melbourne. His winemaking career commenced in 1979 after completing a wine science degree at what is now Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga. He spent four years as winemaker at Arrowfield Wines in the Hunter Valley before moving to the Yarra Valley where he established Tarrawarra Vineyard performing duties as chief winemaker for twelve years. During much of this time, he nurtured a lingering interest in the rapidly developing computer field and specifically its application to the wine industry.
In the early 1990s, along with colleague Artemis Georgiades, he formed the company Wine File, pioneering a commercial computer-based winery management system, providing winemakers with a powerful and robust record keeping tool. It was soon adopted by many wineries around Australia and overseas. In 1994, Wine File was merged with colleague Gary Baldwin’s consulting company to establish the Wine Network Group of companies, for some time Australia’s leading wine industry consulting and technical services group.
After a number of years and new versions, Wine Network’s priorities changed and Wine File was sold to developer Tallships which has continued to improve and support the program.
As a director of Wine Network and a principal consultant, David spent a number of years consulting to wineries in Australia, New Zealand, Bulgaria, Israel and France. But after being introduced to the power of reverse osmosis based processes over 16 years ago, David has concentrated his efforts on the development and application of membrane separation technologies in the wine industry. Most notably he invented processes for smoke taint removal and alcohol reduction. These services were offered to the wine industry around the world by his company Memstar which recently was acquired by VA Filtration.
He has written and spoken extensively on these and other subjects.
David continues to work for the merged Memstar / VA Filtration companies as a consultant with responsibility for technical support, training, research and development and supervision of equipment design and manufacture. Recently he commenced a post-graduate research degree at the University of Adelaide.
Location South Australia
Contact 0414 948 184
State Manager (Victoria)
Adam Murdoch has over 15 years of experience within the wine industry, commencing as a cellar-hand during the 2000 vintage and growing his passion from this beginning. Adam’s experience within the wine industry has further developed from roles ranging from cellar manager of a 12,000 tonne, fully automated wine facility to winery manager of a 120 tonne winery making hand-produced wines.
Building upon his industry experience, Adam has undertaken additional education from basic food training (Certificate IV) to HACCP and Safety Management certification. This indispensable knowledge equips Adam with a thorough understanding of quality and safety practises which he applies through his role at Memstar and VA Filtration.
Contact 0488 500 099
State Manager (Western Australia)
Jarrod Dunning has been involved in the wine industry for over twelve years, actively developing a range of vital skills and valuable knowledge of the industry and important processes found within winemaking and handling.
Working at numerous prestigious Australian wineries, Jarrod expanded his skillset and gained an appreciation of the nuances found within different wine regions. Jarrod is passionate about the wine industry and is committed to delivering the highest quality results at Memstar and VA Filtration.
Location Western Australia
Contact 0416 753 109