Our Team

Meet the Bec Hardy team, a group of passionate individuals dedicated to crafting exceptional wines and providing memorable experiences for all wine enthusiasts.
  • Bec Hardy
    Director - Viticulture & Winemaking

    Bec Hardy is a 6th generation member of the Hardy family with a degree in Viticultural Science. After working in the UK and Australian wine markets, she has gained extensive national and international experience in wine production, marketing and exporting. In 2010, Bec returned to the family business from Sydney to manage Wines by Geoff Hardy’s portfolio of wine brands across the company’s domestic and international markets.

    After establishing Bec Hardy Wines in 2015 and acquiring the Pertaringa wine brand from her father’s business in 2020, she is now making her own way in the Australian wine world as the Hardy family’s first female vineyard owner and producer. In June 2021, she was recognised as one of South Australia’s finest young business people at the annual ‘40 under 40’ Business Awards and in the same year was awarded the 'Rise Up Award' at the SA Woman Awards 2021.

    As the first female vigneron from one of Australia's oldest wine families, Bec continues to build on the experience and reputation of her predecessors with a modern twist on 170 years of winemaking heritage. Her company produces wines that over-deliver on a quality-price ratio with a unique and genuine story told in a compelling way, all backed up by third-party endorsement.

  • Richard Dolan
    Director - Sales & Marketing

    Before joining the wine industry in 2011, Richard worked for 20 years in financial services across two continents where he gained experience in finance, operations, sales and branding.

    After taking on the role of CEO at Wines by Geoff Hardy, he played an essential part in the company’s substantial growth and expansion into new domestic and international markets. During his time at Wines by Geoff Hardy he led the team to win the Optus My Business National Exporter of the Year 2017 and Winestate Magazine Wine Company of the Year 2012 and 2014 and Top 5 in 2014, 2018 and 2019.

    In 2019, he joined his wife as Managing Director of Bec Hardy Wines.

Meet the Bec Hardy team

  • Bec Swincer

    Bec Swincer returned to Australia in 2020 after living and working as a winemaker in Napa Valley, California for two years. Bec has more than two decades of winemaking experience across Australia, the US and France. 

    She studied Oenology at Adelaide University and the University of California, Davis, and brought a wealth of winemaking experience to Bec Hardy Wines when she joined the company in 2021.

  • Connor Bishop

    Connor migrated from Cornwall in the UK to Australia in 2006 and has lived on the Fleurieu Peninsula for the last 12 years. He started working in the hospitality sector when he was 14 and began his apprenticeship in 2015.

    Before joining the Bec Hardy team in 2023, he worked at Woodstock Wine Estate, Serafino and most recently at Maxwell Wines as the restaurant’s pastry chef. Connor is passionate about working with everything local, seasonal and sustainable, highlighting the amazing produce that can be procured from our very own Fleurieu Peninsula.

  • Christina Mougiannis 
    Marketing Manager

    Christina was born in Adelaide after her family migrated from Greece to South Australia. She has a bachelor’s degree in International Tourism from Flinders University, as well as a Master’s in Management (Marketing) from the University of South Australia. Since graduating, she has worked for a number of different tourism operators across South Australia. Christina joined Bec Hardy Wines in 2021 as the company’s Digital Marketing Coordinator.

  • Eliza Naulty
    Customer Experience Specialist

    Eliza joined the Bec Hardy team in 2022 to help manage the company’s cellar door and events. She grew up in Adelaide and graduated with a double Bachelor of Business Management and International Tourism from Flinders University in 2018. After graduating, she has gained experience working for two event companies as well as another McLaren Vale winery. She is currently completing the WSET Level 2 Award in Wines at TAFE SA.

  • Jiauhua Bian
    Export Manager, Greater China

    Jiahua served as an interpreter during Richard’s first and second trips to China after the pandemic. Throughout these journeys, he acquired invaluable firsthand experience in the wine business and developed a deep affinity for the Bec Hardy team. Hailing from China's eastern province of Jiangsu, he now studies in Shanghai as a master's student of translation and interpretation after completing his bachelor’s degree in Business English. He will be based in Shanghai to manage day-to-day relationships with Chinese customers.

  • Milena Tsambazis
    Chief Financial Officer

    Milena migrated from Serbia to Australia with her parents and sister when she was four, settling in Adelaide in 1988. She has a double degree in Accounting and Commerce from Flinders University and completed the CPA accreditation in 2012. Before joining the Bec Hardy team in 2016, Milena spent five years working in accounting across different departments at Elders, followed by four years at Pernod Ricard.

  • Lisa Halpin
    Logistics and Production Manager

    Lisa migrated with her family from the UK to Adelaide in 1989. After working 20 years in hospitality across South Australia, she joined the wine industry in 2016.

    She started working for Bec Hardy Wines as the company’s Logistics & Production Manager in 2022 after six years at another McLaren Vale winery where she had gained extensive experience in logistics, exports and imports.

  • Michala Forrest
    Cellar Door & Administration Assistant

    Michala migrated to Australia from the UK in 2012 with her husband, settling in Adelaide, they have made it home and have 2 children. While in the UK she completed a Business degree, a Marketing Masters and worked in marketing for 8 years. During her time in South Australia she has run her own PT business. Michala joined Bec Hardy Wines in 2023 as an Administration Assistant and is currently completing the WSET Level 2 award in Wines at Tafe SA.

  • David Fitzgerald
    Warehouse Coordinator

    David was born in Leeton NSW and spent some time living in the UK from 2003 before moving to Adelaide in 2006. Over his career he has worked for various transport companies, as well as Mollydooker wines in their export/ logistics team. David joined the Bec Hardy team in 2022 to help coordinate our warehouse.

    He also has a 30-acre
    property in Willunga Hills where he and his family enjoy re-vegetating their land for all the native wildlife to enjoy as well as raising many varieties poultry for his children to enjoy and learn about.

  • Matilda
    7th Generation Hardy and budding performing artist

    A 7th generation Hardy, Matilda has grown up around the Bec Hardy cellar door, keeping the team and customers company and telling us lots of interesting

    Like her mum and dad, she loves being out in nature, be it playing in the gardens at Tipsy Hill or chasing after Churchill in the vineyard. Her favourite things include dancing, cooking and gardening.

  • Churchill
    Wine dog and scourge of rabbits everywhere

    You’ll meet our beloved Churchill hanging around the Bec Hardy cellar door, chasing rabbits, opening doors and saying hello to customers. The door-opening
    trick is very popular, but the rest of the team can get a bit annoyed when he leaves them open in the middle of winter. Several. Times. Every. Hour. He has also been known to steal lunches off desks, apparently leaving your lunch unattended on your desk means it’s fair game!