The Apprentices

Our managers couldn’t run the shop without the help of our apprentices; our part time staff!

They work with us on the shop floor advising customers on the best deals, wines and beers based on their budget and occasion. They also help the team delivering wines, beer and spirits for both public and private functions.

Our part time team is made up of some great people with different backgrounds but all brought together for their love of beer, wine and spirits!

Sam: Sam loves beer, for wine he drinks whatever is red and has the most Biagi points and enjoys Sailor Jerry Rum. Over winter he has drinking more stout and dark beers. He loves working at a bottle shop because of the team and the customers; you’re always meeting people who are going to have a good time. He’s studying to be a teacher as he likes helping people gain an understanding of something they didn’t know…And sharing knowledge which is similar to what he does at Swanny Cellars. His last holiday was to Japan in the New Year with his lady.

David: David has been working at Swanny Cellars for over 1 year and his favourite beer is Heffelweiser, wine is Tirra Lirra White Field Blend and rum is his favourite spirit. Over winter he’s been trying Mercurey hard cider. Working at Swanny Cellars, David loves the camaraderie, discussing the highs and low of footy and tasting new beers and wines. Currently studying Commerce as he likes economics and history, he headed to Japan in the New Year to ski with a few friends

Nick: Nick’s favourite beer is Boston Boondie Rye Pale Ale, favourite wine; 2016 Swinney Riesling and favourite spirit is Bombay Sapphire Gin. Over winter, he has been drinking 4 Pines Stout which goes down very nicely in these colder months! The possibility to discover a range of beers, wines, spirits you wouldn’t try otherwise is what Nick loves about working at a bottle shop. Currently studying Health & Physical Education at Notre Dame University as he loves sport and working with kids. Next holiday destination will most likely be London or New York.

Jimmy: Jimmy has been one of our longest serving part time staff members working at Swanny Cellars for 3.5 years. He’s just finished studying a Bachelor of Sound Engineering. His favourite wine is El Circo Tempranillo, beer is Garage Project Garagista IPA and for spirits, it’s Pimm’s! Over the warmer months, he’s looking forward to getting down south and heading to the beach more. When asked what he likes most about working at the shop, Jimmy also agrees it’s the staff that make it what it is, really fun to work with and great to learn from.

James: James’ favourite beer is Mash Brewing’s Indian Ale Summer Ale, he loves Pinots and Ron Zacapa XO (rum). Over winter he was  drinking more Cabernet Sauvignons as they go well with all the winter dinners. James enjoys working at a bottle shop because he loves sampling all the new beers and wines that come through the doors and recommending the best to the customers. James is studying Physiotherapy; inspired by a physio who guided him through a long rehab a few years ago and he can’t wait to do the same for others. His next holiday is to the Whitsundays!

Ollie: Ollie has been at the store for 2.5 years and has just completed a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Finance & Economics. His favourite wine is the Pannell Family Pinot Noir, his favourite beer is La Sirène Citray Sour and Gin is his top spirit. Over the warmer months, he’s looking forward to trying some of Swanny’s ‘natural wines’ particularly Pét-Nats and some sour beers. Working at Swanny, he enjoys learning more about the different grape and wine varieties and using that knowledge at work to help customers.

Will: Will has been at Swanny Cellars for 1.5 years and has just started a Masters of Project Management. Will enjoys a nice Cabernet Sauvignon which goes down a treat and thinks Rocky Ridge sours are wicked. With Whisky on the rocks by the fire, he’s all set for a great night in! Over the warmer months, he is keen to try some more Rieslings and Pilsners. When asked what he enjoys most when working at Swanny, he says it’s a great group of guys and the best range of international and local wines.

Rachel: Rachel manages the orders at Swanny Cellars and just loves bubbles; Moët & Chandon or Veuve Clicquot. Over winter she’ll be drinking more red in front of the fire place. Rachel loves working with such fantastic and knowledgeable staff. Outside of work Rachel is kept busy taking her children to various sporting events; swimming, surf club and netball. She’s hoping her next holiday is to somewhere warm with sun-drenched beaches along with a nice cocktail to sip!

Perri: Perri is in charge of paying suppliers and all of us so we always make sure we’re even nicer to her! Perri has just come back from an amazing 6 week trip to France, Spain, England and Italy. She’s tried so many wines and beers, she doesn’t know which ones are her favourite anymore! Outside of work at the moment she’s reminiscing of her fabulous holiday and planning her next trip!

Claudia: Claudia has been working at Swanny Cellars for over 10 months in the Accounts Department. She enjoys James Boag’s Premium Lager, Shiraz & Grenache blends and likes the range of Gins out on the market. Over summer Claudia will be exploring and enjoying more Gin & Tonics. Since starting at Swanny Cellars, she has enjoyed having first hand expert knowledge of beers, wines and spirits from the staff. When Claudia is not managing suppliers and customers’ accounts, you will find her far away from a computer either hiking, camping, reading or gardening. She hasn’t yet planned her next trip away but it will definitely include her camper trailer and exploring the outback.

Ruth: Ruth works behind the scenes on all things online marketing. Since working at Swanny Cellars, she’s discovered craft beer and her favourite beer is Brew Dog Elvis Juice, her favourite wine; Fraser Gallop Parterre Chardonnay and favourite spirit: Hendrick’s Gin. Over winter Ruth has been trying a few tasty Pinots! When based in Perth, she really enjoyed working at the store with the fantastic team and great atmosphere plus working in a bottle shop meant she could learn so much more about beers and wines! Outside of work she swims and try to surf as much as possible. While she was based in Adelaide Ruth interviewed winemakers across the many wine regions including Barossa & Clare Valley, McLaren Vale as the “Roaming Reporter.”




Swanbourne Cellars part time staff