Matthew Byrne

Senior Winemaker

As Evans & Tate Winemaker, Matthew Byrne plays a pivotal role in driving the stylistic development and quality across Evans & Tate’s award-winning portfolio of wine.

It is a role he has had since joining the winery in 2001. Throughout that time Evans & Tate has enjoyed outstanding wine show success through an emphasis on site selection, vineyard management and wine style evolution.

Matthew has completed a Bachelor of Applied Science (Wine Science) from Charles Sturt University and Associate Degree in Viticulture and Bachelor of Horticulture (Horticulture Management) (Honours) from Curtin University of Technology in Western Australia.

He began his career 18 years ago and has completed vintages in Margaret River and Mildura, in Australia, and Koelenhof, South Africa, and Felton, California, USA.

Matthew is also a recognised judge on the Australian wine show circuit. He has been a Senior Judge at the Royal Perth Wine Show for the past three years, as well as at the Qantas Wine Show of WA, Swan Valley Wine Show and the Margaret River Wine Show.

Matthew has also been a Judge at the Cairns, Geographe and Blackwood Valley Wine shows.

He was named as one Wine Business Magazine's 50 Stars of 2013 after an incredible year, which saw Evans & Tate dominate the Qantas Wine Show of WA and take home 7 trophies.

Matthew is based in Margaret River and is a passionate surfer, diver and fishing enthusiast. When he’s not making wine Matthew can usually be found at the beach or on a boat.

Jodie Opie

Winemaker

A recent recruit to Evans & Tate, Winemaker Jodie Opie is a welcome addition to the wine production team.

While studying towards a Bachelor of Science (Human Biology) from Edith Cowan University in WA a unit in microbiology coupled with a practical placement at a top Margaret River winery ignited Jodie’s passion for winemaking and led Jodie to forfeit her ambitions of a career in medical research. Jodie then relocated to Adelaide where she also completed a Bachelor of Science (Oenology) from the University of Adelaide.

Over two decades later and Jodie’s passion for winemaking is as strong as ever. She says; “Wine is just such a unique and varied product and the challenge of getting it right is what keeps me intrigued vintage after vintage.”

And her passion for making wine has been focused on the Margaret River region where she’s held winemaking positions with a host of the region’s top producers and she’s been inspired and mentored by many of the region’s most influential winemakers. Additionally, Jodie has exported her own wine to the UK and has lectured in winemaking units at Margaret River TAFE.

And although Jodie can boast a range of accolades for wines she’s produced over the years and says; “I do get an enormous kick from seeing wine that I’ve made get a trophy or medal…” she goes on to assert; “…but my best judge will always be how much a consumer enjoys wine that I’ve made.”

When Jodie isn’t making wine, you’ll find her tending to her over-sized veggie patch, relishing time with her family (which includes fifteen-year-old dog Billy), cooking, enjoying great wine and watching Rugby Union.