Everyone at Driftwood works tirelessly to ensure the winery, restaurant and function facility is one of the best in the region.
Please make yourself known to:
Tom Galopoulos - Managing Director
Tom is always floating around the estate giving tours or sharing a drink at the bar and he's always ready for a chat.
Arthur Glassby - General Manager
Born in England with a childhood spent briefly in the South West of Western Australia but mostly in New Guinea, it was there that he began a 40 year career in banking that took him through Sydney for some years with the Commonwealth Bank and to Western Australia in 1974 with the Bank of Western Australia. Retired from the Bank of Western Australia in 2001 as the bank’s Senior Commercial Lending Manager, a role also fully involved in controlling the lending to the Agriculture Sector. Arthur has been associated with Tom Galopoulos and Driftwood since its first plantings in 1989. He brings to Driftwood strong management and financial skills together with a sound knowledge of the Wine Industry.
Andrew Spencer-Wright – Senior Winemaker
Spent his childhood and primary school years growing up on the family sheep and wheat farm in Jerramungup and his secondary education was undertaken in Bunbury at boarding school at the Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School. At the completion of secondary school he spent time travelling and working in the agricultural industry. In 1985 Andrew was attracted back to the south west by the vibrant and emerging wine industry and secured a position of managing the vineyard for Capelvale. He then assumed the role of Winemaker and Viticulturist for Baldivis Estate it was here he able hone his wine making skills with the fruit that he had cultivate and nurtured. In 1989 he moved to Perth joining Sandalford as their winemaker where he spent 10 years in which time the winery undertook huge transformation into a contemporary winemaking facility. In 1999 he joined Aquila Estate as their senior winemaker and it was in this year that he made the 1999 Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon which would go on to win the Best New World Red in the 2000 Tokyo International Wine Challenge. Having spent 16 years in Perth in 2005 he was once again drawn back to Margaret River region to join Driftwood Estate.
Hugh Warren - Assistant Winemaker
Raised on a farm at Kalannie in the north-eastern wheatbelt, Hugh completed high school and then an honours degree in Geology in Perth. An ensuing 25 year career in mining and mineral exploration in the Northern Territory and outback Western Australia, punctuated by a couple of years travel in Asia and Europe, honed his appetite for fine wines and life in the greener parts of the planet. Hard times in mining in 1998 provided the opportunity to pursue a long held fascination with viticulture and winemaking. Hugh completed his degree at Curtin University in 2001, developing a small vineyard at Pickering Brook in the Perth Hills in the process, and winning the Houghton Medal and Talijancich-Radoux Scholarship for Dux of the course. He and Pam then sold the vineyard and moved 5 kids and dog to the greener pastures of Cowaramup. He has since completed a vintage at Willespie, two at Watershed and one at Chateau Michel de Montaigne in the Bergerac region of France, before joining the Driftwood team in time for the 2005 vintage.
Shane Donovan - Vineyard Manager and Viticulturist
Shane went to school in Perth and then to Murdoch University where he studied Biology after which joined the family hospitality and liquor businesses for six months and stayed fourteen years. It was in this liquor rich environment that his interest in drinking wine developed. In 1996 he combined his interest in wine and botany and went off to Charles Sturt University to study Viticulture. In 1999, left the security of city life and headed south to put it into practice, eventually working his way to his present position in 2005. Shane is married with 4 children and a menagerie.