meet our people
Barrie Provan ~ DIRECTOR
is one of the original investors and elected the founding Chairman of Barwite Vineyards. With a very successful career grape supply contracts with internationally renowned companies. Barrie also owns and directs Suma Park Conference Centre and Retreat at Marcus Hill on the Bellarine Peninsula.
Barrie's involvement in the restructure of the business and extremely prudent financial management has been essential to Barwite's future sustainability.
Ros Ritchie ~ WINEMAKER
graduated from Roseworthy at the end of 1981 and returned home to Victoria to help establish and set up the Delatite winery. She was the winemaker for Delatite for the next 25 years, producing and growing the range of wines; these included the classic aromatics, methode champenoise sparkling, as well as red varietals and blends. Many of these wines gained consistent critical acclaim both nationally and internationally, with 13 trophies, 39 Gold, 67 Silver and over 210 Bronze medals. Over the years she took several opportunities to travel within France, Germany and Italy several times, but especially to Alsace, Baden, the Mosel, Rheingau and Pfalz, whose wines strengthened her passion for riesling and gewürztraminer and stimulated her interest in pinot gris.
As esteemed winemaker for Barwite Vineyards, Ros brings an unrivalled depth and breadth of expertise, expressed in the fine quality of our wines. Ros and her partner John, are integral to the Barwite team.
Timo Ploschke ~ VINEYARD MANAGER
has been involved in the wine industry since 1996. Early mentoring from Bill Christopherson has created a long standing commitment and passion for the industry. Involvement with many nationally renowned brands including Mount Prior, Boat O Craigo, Strathewen Hills (Tribal Elder) and Domain Chandon, ensures Barwite Vineyard is in safe hands and managed in a sustainable and quality focused manner.
Studying at Swinburne, Timo practiced his craft for over 10 years in Yarra Valley vineyards with involvement in wine marketing and complimentary roles as a restaurant wine buyer and wine list developer. The challenge of being involved in Barwite's redevelopment in a horticultural sense was a great opportunity to move to the wonderful high country and along with wife Emily raise their boys Billy and Flynn in this wonderful part of Australia. Timo's judicious management has made an invaluable contribution to the sustainability of the vineyard and to increasing quality and yields.