Meet The Team
At Chapel Hill we are proud to have a committed and enthusiastic team. Our people come from all walks of lives and experiences, but they all share a love for wine, food, travel and working purposefully together. Each of our team brings unique perspectives and skills. Some come from an applied academic background and others have learned their job working in the vineyards or the winery.
Our team shares a vison to produce the best wines possible from our vineyard sites and to work in sustainable ways that promote a healthy environment. Each of our people, from chief winemaker across to our casual workers in the vineyard, bring something authentic and expressive to the story of Chapel Hill. We believe that our wines reflect this vitality and generosity.
Michael Fragos —
Chief Winemaker & General Manager
Michael Fragos belongs to a family of McLaren Vale grape growers and began making wine with his father at an early age. After graduating in genetics and microbiology at the University of Adelaide he attended Roseworthy Agricultural College where he completed a graduate diploma in oenology (1990).
After working a stint in California he returned to McLaren Vale where he made his name at Southern Vales Winery, Tatachilla and then as chief winemaker at Banksia wines and then Tatachilla. During this time, he was twice crowned McLaren Vale’s Bushing Monarch in 1997 and 1999, an award given to the winemaker of the ‘best wine in show’ at the McLaren Vale Wine Show.
After joining Chapel Hill in 2004 as a senior winemaker (working with the legendary Pam Dunsford) he was crowned again in 2010 making him the only winemaker to have won this prestigious award three times. Michael Fragos has won numerous awards during his distinguished winemaking career, and after being appointed chief winemaker and general manager in 2013, he has concentrated on stewardship, conservation, team-building and the development of a sustainable wine and hospitality business. Michael Fragos, epitomises the spirit of Chapel Hill where quality, authenticity, team-work and inclusiveness are priorities.
Bryn Richards —
Senior winemaker Bryn Richards was born in New Zealand and raised in England, before completing a degree in Horticultural science (Viticulture and Oenology) at New Zealand’s Lincoln University in 1995. Afterwards he travelled the world as a flying winemaker working in California, England, New Zealand, Portugal, Western Australia and South Australia. After stints at McLaren Vale’s Tatachilla and McLaren Vale Vintners, he joined Chapel Hill in 2006 where he renewed a winemaking partnership with Michael Fragos.
Over the last two decades McLaren Vale specialist Bryn Richards has become an integral part of Chapel Hill’s winemaking success. Highly skilled, intuitive and disciplined, he has helped shape the direction of Chapel Hill’s sustainable winery practices and wine styles. Bryn Richard’s work also starts in the vineyard.
He regularly walks through the vines with viticulturalist Rachel Steer to understand the challenges of the growing season and the type of fruit quality expected each year. These conversations also assist in vintage planning and winemaking schedules. Bryn Richard represents the essence of modern winemaking where sensitivity, collaboration, personal energy and technical skill have translated to many award-winning wines.