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

Steve and Hayley Tobin – Owners Owners and founders of Aravina Estate
Email: hayley@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

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.

Rachel Ward — Wedding Coordinator

Rachel Ward – Wedding Coordinator Wedding enquiries and planning
Email: functions@aravinaestate.com
Phone: +61 8 9750 1111

Rachel is Aravina Estate's Wedding Co-ordinator. 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.

Joaquin Diz — Head Chef

Joaquin Diz — Head Chef Aravina Estate's head chef
Email: info@aravinaestate.com
Phone: +61 8 9750 1111

Joaquin brings with him an impressive wealth of experience in premier international restaurants and will be leading the kitchen alongside Executive Chef Tony Howell in some innovative new directions!

Tony Howell — Executive Chef

Tony Howell — Executive Chef Aravina Estate's executive chef
Email: info@aravinaestate.com
Phone: +61 8 9750 1111

Tony Howell discovered his passion for cooking as a bright eyed 14-year-old when working to pay for surfboards in a Mexican restaurant in Perth. Fast-forward 30 years and in that time Chef Tone, as he is affectionately known, has garnered a reputation as one of Australia’s best chefs. He has worked in the finest restaurants in Western Australia, helping them win a multitude of awards with his culinary creations. He’s been invited to cook in Bali at private functions and hotel openings, in California for a Porsche Club and special television events, and alongside the industry’s best.

As a Margaret River Gourmet Escape ambassadorial chef for the visiting chefs from around the world, Tony has cooked for and alongside Heston Blumenthal, Alex Atala, Rene Redzepi and Sat Bains.

Tony’s friendly and outgoing demeanour makes him a favourite with media. He has appeared on numerous television cooking shows and is the host Channel 7’s hit lifestyle program, Fresh TV, which is about to enter its second season, and appeared in MasterChef Australia 2011.

Nowadays, Tony’s vision is to spread the word about the exceptional produce in Margaret River, Western Australia and Australia, spend more time with the region’s best suppliers, cook dishes that lets the produce speak for itself, continue working with media and have the flexibility to spend time with his young family. Tony is a presenter on the channel 7 lifestyle program Fresh TV, as well as a consultant chef, working at Cape Lodge ongoing.

His other passions include surfing, diving, motorbike riding and travelling. Tony lives in Margaret River with his wife Sarah and two boys.

Tom Tebbatt — Cellar Door & Restaurant

 Tom Tebbatt — Cellar Door & RestaurantA passion for hospitality
Email: info@aravinaestate.com
Phone: +61 8 9750 1111

After completing university in 2014, Tom moved to Cornwall to pursue a lifelong dream to surf and work alongside some amazing produce. It was here he found a passion for hospitality and was employed by the Rick Stein group, a fantastic company with many exciting moments and challenges. Working alongside some top chefs, Tom managed to forge his skills in restaurant management and exceptional customer service. In 2016 he was awarded the 'Star of the Future' award which was very humbling in a company of over 800 staff. Following a holiday to Western Australia in 2015, Tom made the permanent move to Margaret River with partner Jen and they couldn't be happier.

"Aravina is an amazing winery with exceptional food and I really love every moment whether its sharing knowledge of the vineyard with guests on the cellar door or making sure people have a lunch they will never forget." Tom

Ally Newbury — PR/Communications Manager

Ally Newbury, PR/Communications ManagerBackground in advertising, media and marketing
Email: ally@aravinaestate.com
Phone: +61 8 9750 1111

Ally joined the team at Aravina in May 2018 after a 'tree change' move from the suburbs of Perth to the beautiful Margaret River wine region. With a background in advertising, media and marketing for brands in the premium property and health sectors, Ally recently decided to transfer her skills into an industry she was more passionate about - food & wine!

Ryan Gibbs – Viticulturist

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.

Sharney Skelton – Horticulture Manager

Sharney Skelton – Horticulture Manager Aravina Estate's horticulture viticulturist
Email: sharney@aravinaestate.com.au
Phone: +61 8 9750 1111

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