Our Team

Vineyard and Restaurant

  • Street Address
    61 Thornton Road, Yallingup WA 6282
  • Postal Address
    PO Box 563, Dunsborough WA 6281

Steve and Hayley Tobin – Owners

Owners and founders of Aravina Estate
Email: hayley@aravinaestate.com and steve@aravinaestate.com
Phone: +61 8 9750 1111

Steve Tobin was born in the wheatbelt town of Katanning and was educated at UWA and Curtin University with degrees in Geophysics, Finance and Economics. Following a career as a Geophysicist in oil and gas exploration which took him to Iran, China, SE Asia, NZ, USA and Canada with his company Terrex Seismic, Steve studied Viticulture and then later purchased Aravina Estate in 2010.

Hayley grew up in Launceston, Tasmania before studying Human Resources at La Trobe University in Melbourne. Hayley is the Director and Owner of Boss People (HR and Recruitment firm) with offices throughout Australia.

From its inception, the Tobin family’s vision for Aravina Estate was to create:
"a unique premium food and wine destination in the Southwest of WA that would showcase the finest wine and produce that the Region has to offer."

To this end, the focus at Aravina has been to invest heavily in new vineyard infrastructure, introduce improved management practices and plant new grape varieties particularly suited to the maritime climate and rich loamy soils of the northern Margaret River region. Following the belief that "great wine is made in the vineyard", this investment has led to the creation of a range of traditional and emerging red and white wines.

Ryan Aggiss – Chief Winemaker

Aravina Estate's winemaker
Phone: +61 8 9750 1111

Ryan is responsible for all aspects of vineyard management (with consultant viticulturist Ryan Gibbs) and wine production at Aravina Estate. Formerly the site winemaker at Accolade Wine’s Houghton Winery in Nannup, Ryan has produced a large number of premium prize winning and popular wines across the suite of labels owned by Accolade including Houghtons and Brookland Valley. He has worked in Margaret River, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale and Sonoma Valley California and is a regular judge at Western Australian wine shows.

In 2009 Ryan was awarded the Wine Society Australian and New Zealand “Young Winemaker of the Year Award” whilst working at Margaret River’s Flying Fish Cove. He holds a BSc. (Oenology) from Charles Sturt University.

Sandra Newland – Operations Manager

Daily operations for restaurant, merchandise, events and functions
Phone: +61 8 9750 1111

Sandra Newland is the daily Operations Manager for Aravina Estate, with her role covering several departments – restaurant, merchandise, events and functions. She has 24 years of experience in the Margaret River wine industry. Previous to working at Aravina Estate she worked in a number of cellar doors, including Brookland Valley, Voyager Estate and Flametree Wines.

Sandra spent 10 years working with Constellation Wines (formerly Hardy Wine Company), as well as six years working for Amberley Estate.

Ben Day – Executive Chef

Ben Day – Executive Chef Selection, preparation and execution of food and restaurant and wedding menus
Email: ben@aravinaestate.com
Phone: +61 8 9750 1111

Named as one of the best Chef’s in the South West by Rob Broadfield, Ben’s passion for local, sustainable produce really blossomed under his extensive tutelage both locally and abroad in the UK.

Western Australia has always been home to Ben and he has been lucky enough to work at iconic establishments such as Vans and IL Lido in Cottesloe and Porthminster in St Ives. A dedicated husband and father to two little girls, life is all about the local produce and the sustainability of this wonderful part of the world. 

Ben was appointed Sous Chef at Vasse Felix, where he spent three years learning from their food philosophy and from there went on to being at the helm of Knee Deep.

He believes getting out of the kitchen and on to the farms to chat with local growers and suppliers is integral to designing a seasonal menu that showcases the amazing region in which we live. He is very excited to be leading the Kitchen team at Aravina Estate which is responsible for the a la carte and wedding menus. In 2015 he was part of the launch of the new produce line Aravina Cucina. 

Aravina is doubling the size of the Kitchen Garden by planting many new herbs and vegetables as well as adding to the apple and pear orchard with lemons and limes which will feature on the menu.

Caitlin Waterhouse – Wedding & Events Manager

Caitlin Waterhouse – Wedding & Events ManagerWedding enquiries and planning
Email: functions@aravinaestate.com
Phone: +61 8 9750 1111

Caitlin is Aravina Estate's Wedding & Events Manager. Her role is to assist and guide the Bride and Groom through the entire planning process to deliver exceptional, memorable and outstanding weddings in our sophisticated and elegant events room and magical gardens.

Caitlin also looks after corporate events and functions at Aravina Estate. Her career has focused entirely on hospitality and events and she enjoys nothing more than working with clients to host events that exceed their personal and organisational requirements.

Cassandra Camerer-Charlick – Communications Manager

Cassandra Camerer-Charlick – Communications Manager Communications and Media including press releases, media enquiries and social media management. Cassandra is also the first point of contact for weddings and events at Aravina Estate.
Email: cassandra@aravinaestate.com
Phone: +61 8 9750 1111

Cassandra is Aravina Estate's Communications Manager. Her role is to oversee the communications and assist in marketing strategy for Aravina Estate. She looks after the online presence of the business including the website, newsletters and and social media management, and is also responsible for press releases and media inquiries.

Cassandra is also the first point of contact for weddings and events at Aravina Estate and inquiries regarding regional and national wine distribution. She graduated with a Bachelor of Communication Studies from UWA and has gained extensive experience working in Business Management, Communications and Public Relations in London for over 8 years.

Ryan Gibbs – Viticulturist

Aravina Estate's consultant viticulturist
Email: geovit@westnet.com.au
Phone: +61 8 9750 1111

Ryan joined the Aravina team in 2012 as the consultant viticulturist. Ryan has worked as a consultant in all regions of the West Australian industry. This diversity of Western Australian experience allows him to be more focussed on quality and a region-specific varietal mixes. Ryan works closely with the winemaker to ensure that Aravina’s fruit quality is at the highest possible for the vineyard that was planted in 1986.

Ryan's viticultural philosophies are based around allowing the vineyard to express the regional qualities of the northern end of the Margaret River region with a ‘minimal intervention’ approach.

Michael Stergiou - Horticulture Manager

Michael Stergiou - Horticulture Manager Email: michael@aravinaestate.com
Phone: +61 8 9750 1111

Michael has worked in the horticultural industry for the past 26 years, predominantly on commercial and residential sites. Most recently he spent four years in Sydney as a team leader in arboriculture. Experience in various leadership and supervisory roles, a degree in frontline management, plus a background in maintenance and mechanical knowledge makes him a wonderful asset to Aravina Estate.

His return to the south west sees him enjoying its winery and beach lifestyle.

Aravina Estate is proud to be associated with the following affiliates and thank them for their ongoing support.

Starlight Children's Foundation James Halliday 4-star Winery TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2016

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