Portavin South Australia was established in October 2004 to meet the growing demand for packaging and integrated wine services in South Australia.
The proximity of the 17,000 m² site to transport infrastructure including Port Adelaide Expressway, Harbour and Rail Services provides a unique competitive advantage, allowing Portavin SA to create a South Australian first with a streamlined packaging, distribution and logistics service direct to domestic and international markets for packaged wine.
Portavin South Australia’s export focus:
Since inception, Portavin South Australia has been committed to ongoing development and expansion of export market opportunities with an increasing focus on expansion of the Asian market. We have developed strong links with key government and business networks to ensure we are able to extend the opportunity for our customer base to enhance their success in this exciting and continually expanding market.
We recognise that doing business with Asia requires a great deal of bureaucratic know-how, personal communication and an in depth understanding of the culture. Reflective of our commitment to ensuring ongoing success with this market, Portavin has employed two key China/Asia business specialists within our Client Services team who have well developed language and interpersonal skills and experience plus knowledge of the wine industry in Australia. We provide our clients with on-site, dedicated resources and services for communication and business development into Asia.
From zero Asian exports in 2006, Portavin currently bottles and exports more than 50 containers of Australian wine to mainland China every month and is now the largest exporter of Australian wine to China.
Portavin South Australia provides the following products and services:
- Wine Bottling and Packaging
- Wine Dry Goods Supply and Co-ordination
- Wine Technical and Oenological Services
- Wine Warehousing and Logistics
- Yeast and Fermentation
- Wine Export Services
Portavin SA is committed to ensuring the continued growth and expansion of the Australian wine market, both domestically and internationally. This is being achieved through the continual adoption of new technologies, supply chain innovation and identification of growth export markets for our clients.
Portavin South Australia management team
Tony Royal – State Manager | South Australia
Tony Royal is a qualified Oenologist (1982) and prior to establishing Portavin SA, Tony worked as Chief Executive Officer of Oeneo Australasia Pty Ltd for 8 years (previously Seguin Moreau Australia).
After graduating from Roseworthy College in 1982, Tony had an extensive career working in key winemaking roles within Southcorp and Mildara Blass for 14 years prior to joining Seguin Moreau Australia.
Tony joined Portavin as the managing director of Portavin SA in 2004. Tony is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Peter Cole – Operations Manager
Peter initially trained as an aircraft maintenance engineer in the South African Air Force. After 18 years of service, Pete retired from aviation and joined the food packaging industry in 2002 as a Field Service Engineer with Columbit, supplying and installing beverage packaging machinery. In 2004, Peter and his wife took the opportunity to emigrate to Australia and a whole new chapter in their lives began.
Portavin was so impressed by Peter’s efforts and expertise during the installation of the bottling and packaging line at the Portavin SA site in 2004 that he was promptly offered a role as the Maintenance Manager (with the blessing of the Columbit Mgmt team) and he joined the Portavin SA team in Dec 2005 – the rest is history!
Peter is now the Operations Manager and is responsible for all of the machinery, staff and activities involved in the day to day running of production and maintenance at Portavin SA.
Leanne Conole – Finance & Administration Manager
Joining Portavin SA in July 2004, Leanne brings more than 10 years Accounting and Senior Office Administration experience within Chartered and Public Accounting. Having completed an Advanced Certificate in Accounting, Leanne went on to complete a Diploma of Business Studies and an Advanced Diploma of Accounting.
Leanne is responsible for ensuring the business services division of Portavin SA provides a comprehensive range of high quality support services for the business. This division is responsible for ensuring a full range of financial, risk management, human resources and administrative services are delivered effectively.
William Bambacas – Technical Manager
William over sees the Laboratory, Cellar and Quality division ensuring provision of technical support and analytical services to bottling operations for wine receival, wine storage, pre, in-progress and post bottling analysis, and analytical support for cellar adjustments. The laboratory is the key player in the maintenance of OH&S standards and regulatory compliance.
William brought in excess of 14 years experience in bottling and packaging to the Portavin SA team. He worked with Southcorp Wines for 8 years in roles of Quality Assurance Manager and Packaging Manager and prior to that worked with Bickfords.
He is now an integral part of our team ensuring all quality across all technical aspects of our business are maintained.
Karen Ross – Business Development Manager
Karen joined Portavin SA in August 2004, bringing experience in business development, sales and marketing.
Following studies at University of Adelaide, Karen spent 5 years in superannuation administration industry. Following completion of marketing studies, Karen spent 13 years in consulting and business development roles within the recruitment and human resources industry and was a founding shareholder and director of specialist human resource and organisational development consulting firm, Locher Human Resources.
In her role as Business Development Manager, Karen is responsible for business development, client services, account management and marketing of Portavin’s products and services.
Michelle Buzza – Customer Services Manager
Michelle has in excess of 22 years of experience in administration and management which includes six years as a small business owner in the automotive industry. As a “hands-on” business owner, Michelle gained a wide-range of experience in all areas of business providing leadership and a high level of customer service and support to an extensive customer base.
Joining Portavin in 2014, Michelle leads our Customer Service Team. Michelle and her team are also responsible the administration of long and short-term storage solutions and distribution services ranging from local delivery to export container loading.
Portavin South Australia client services & sales team
Trish Dennis – Sales and Client Services Administrator
Trish joins Portavin following a career in the dairy industry with more than 20 years of experience in sales administration and management in particular focusing on FMCG. Her varied roles working across three states has enabled Trish to gain broad experience and a varied skill set in customer relations and administration.
As Sales and Client Services Administrator, she is responsible for managing customer enquiries for both bottling and dry goods sales, preparing detailed bottling quotations and assisting with production planning. Trish is passionate about providing a high level of customer service and looks forward to assisting our clients with a smooth wine bottling and packaging experience.
To make an enquiry or request a quote for Bottling and Packaging, or to place an order for Dry Goods: please contact Trish.
Portavin's China Specialist
Maggie Xu – Marketing Specialist (China)
In the role of Marketing Specialist for China, Maggie is responsible for market development, liaison, coordination and translation services for Chinese clients as part of Portavin SA’s wine bottling production and export operation at Portavin.
Maggie works closely with the Portavin Management team to co-ordinate the development of key strategies and campaigns to grow and expand the Chinese export market.
Her key priorities are maintenance of good customer relations with key Chinese export clients and working to fully develop the potential of these key accounts. Maggie is very busy on a daily basis facilitating meetings, conducting site tours, coordinating visits along with providing translation services for business negotiations with Portavin Chinese export clients.
Olivia Ou, Sales Manager, South Korea and emerging Asia Markets
As Sales Manager, South Korea and emerging Asian markets, Olivia works closely with the management team to provide market development, liaison, coordination and translation services for Asian clients.
Olivia is fluent in Korean, Mandarin, Cantonese and English and has a thorough commercial understanding of the Australian wine industry together with relevant work experience in Korea, Australia and China.
As dux of her University in Guangzhou, Olivia is an outstanding addition to our team to support our endeavors. Her skills and experience are paramount to the success of the development and expansion of Australian wine to the Asia market.