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Depallas Wine Group

Depallas Wine Group is situated in Adelaide, the capital city of South Australia which borders with the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale. Depallas Wine Group owns the centennial boutique winery Hastwell and Lightfoot and the Barossa black-horse winery Cooper and Burns, which when combined are responsible for 107 acres of vineyards located in the prestigious Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale. Winemaking, viticulture, bottling and marketing is all overseen by qualified and experienced winemakers and professional staff.

Depallas

Our Professional

Russell Burns

The CEO of Depallas Wine Group is Russell burns. Russell has 16 years of experience in wine making and wine brand management. He has been directly responsible for brand operations and the production line since 2016. Russell gained vast experience making world-class ultra-premium famous wines including The Laird & RunRig – both wines receiving 100 points from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate on multiple occasions. On top of this Russell founded the Barossa Valley winery Cooper and Burns alongside Mark.

Jason Dai

Jason Dai

General manager

The founder of the Australian Depallas Wine Group, graduated from the University of Adelaide with his master’s degree. He has studied wine brewing and marketing knowledge in Australia and Europe and has always been keenly aware of the development of the New World wine industry. He is now devoting all of his energy on branding and team construction.

Mark Cooper

Mark Cooper

Chief winemaker

The chief winemaker at Depallas is Mark Cooper, a veteran winemaker with 17 years of experience most notably as a senior winemaker at Treasury Wine Estates, Mark worked closely with brands such as Penfolds, Wolf Blass and Wynns.  Mark’s role at Treasury Wine Estates has given him unique insight into customer and supplier relationships and an understanding of the different customer palate preferences in various global market,On top of this Mark founded the Barossa Valley winery Cooper and Burns alongside Russell.

James Hastwell

James Hastwell

Chief winemaker

James Hastwell is the chief winemaker at Hastwell and Lightfoot Winery which he inherited from his forefathers. He began to participate in the wine making process at the young age of 6 with his father and grandfather. As a young winemaker James showed his prowess and exceptional talent for winemaking by continually innovating techniques which were passed on to him and quickly became a star within the region. He combines traditional and innovative wine making techniques to accentuate the natural conditions of the region in his wines and as such has been a regular winner of major wine competitions at a young age.