About Us

Oakridge is a family-owned winery, cellar door and restaurant, located in the heart of Victoria’s oldest wine region – the Yarra Valley.

Established in 1978, Oakridge has grown to become an internationally recognised producer of award-winning wines and must-visit Yarra Valley destination.

As a pioneer of the wine growing region of the upper Yarra Valley, Oakridge is known for producing distinctive single-vineyard wines that reflect the unique terroir of the region.

Today, Oakridge is still a family owned company, supported by the Atlas/D’Aloisio family since 2007. Chief Winemaker, David Bicknell has led the winemaking team since 2002.

Our Team

DAVID BICKNELL, Chief Winemaker

With precision, innovation and decades of experience, it is David Bicknell’s innate understanding of grape and terroir that result in exceptional wines year after year. With an approach to wine-making that incorporates everything from the soil type from which the vines are grown to the type of music that is played during vinification, David successfully amplifies site whilst seamlessly constructing the balance, elegance and freshness that define Oakridge wines. He is a Gourmet Traveller Winemaker of the Year Winner (‘17), a past Dux of the Len Evans Tutorial (‘05) and co-founder of the Victorian Pinot Noir Workshop (’02). David has led the Oakridge winemaking team since 2002.

TIM PERRIN, Senior Winemaker

Entering the wine industry in 2003, Oakridge Winemaker Tim Perrin has celebrated many achievements throughout his career including nomination for Young Winemaker of the Year in 2011 and named dux of the Advanced Wine Assessment Course (AWAC) 36 in 2016. Tim’s abundant knowledge and understanding of the relationship between terroir and wine comes from experience working in many different climates including Coonawarra and California, as well as five years experience as a wine show judge. Tim’s career with Oakridge began with the harvest of the 2016 vintage.

STEVE FAULKNER, Viticulturist

Innovative in his approach to viticulture, Steve Faulkner is committed to sustainable land and resource management and is a leader in alternative agricultural approaches. For Steve it’s ‘all about the dirt’, a firm believer that soil health is key to producing quality grapes and in turn great wine. Steve brings to Oakridge expertise on a range of practices such as grapevine management, composts and mulches, soil structure remediation and irrigation strategies to name just a few.

AARON BRODIE, Executive Chef

Leading the Oakridge kitchen team is Executive Chef Aaron Brodie, whose love of cooking was fostered over hours spent in his grandmother’s kitchen. Aaron’s exceptional culinary skills were later honed working in some of the world’s most renowned kitchens, including tenures at Gordon Ramsay’s multi-award-winning Maze restaurant and the two Michelin starred Pied à Terre. Joining the Oakridge kitchen team as Head Chef in 2017, his hyper-local approach to cooking and appreciation of the Yarra Valley are celebrated in his relationships with the region’s many producers. Aaron’s appointment as Executive Chef in September 2020, promises an exciting evolution for Oakridge restaurant.

MATTHEW TAYLOR, Chief Executive officer

Having joined the team in August 2019, Matthew brings to Oakridge extensive global drinks industry experience.

Matthew says “I am honoured to join such a warm and talented team at Oakridge. With such superb wines created under the careful eye of chief winemaker David Bicknell; a wonderful cellar door and one of the best and most sustainable restaurants in the country, I’m in very good company.”


An established businessman and lawyer, Oakridge Wines Director Tony D’Aloisio stepped into the corporate world as a barrister in 1973. Tony’s recent positions include Chairman of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, Managing Director and CEO of the Australian Securities Exchange (2004 to 2006) and Chief Executive of Mallesons Stephen Jaques (1992 to 2004). He is a lawyer by background with many years’ experience in corporate law, competition law and taxation and is the immediate past President of the Winemakers’ Federation of Australia.


Ilana Atlas, a director of Oakridge Wines since 2007, has extensive experience in business, holding executive and non-executive positions in a selection of Australia’s most well-known companies. Ilana is a corporate lawyer, and was a partner of Mallesons Stephen Jacques prior to a decade long position at Westpac. A senior executive in the company between 2003 and 2010, with accountabilities across human resources and corporate affairs, she was the driving force behind Westpac’s approach to corporate responsibility and sustainability. Journeying for new encounters, Ilana joined the board of Coca-Cola Amatil in 2011 before sharing her extensive knowledge even further as a board member for the Australia and New Zealand Banking Group and non-executive director of Westfield Holdings Limited. Up until the end of 2016, she was also Chairman of Bell Shakespeare Company.

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864 Maroondah Highway
Victoria 3770 Australia