The People

The Winemakers

Frank Newman
Winemaker and Winery Manager

Frank Newman joined Deakin Estate in 2014, after decades of rich winemaking experience. He was Senior White, then Red Winemaker at Penfolds, working alongside Max Schubert in the creation of Grange. Frank was also Chief Winemaker and Production Manager at Angoves for more than a decade and also made wine for BRL Hardy's Renmano. Frank's experience in small and large wineries has consolidated his expertise in crafting wines across most styles and price points.

Frank says of his winemaking, "My aim is always perfection and my football team's motto is something that has been a driving influence over the years. 'Nil satis nisi optimum' – not satisfied with less than the best.'

Aidan Menzies

Aidan Menzies began with Deakin Estate in 2016, an archaeologist turned winemaker, graduating with honours from the University of Brighton, UK. After vintages in Chianti, Napa, Sussex, New Zealand and Greece, Aidan started his Australian winemaking career in 2011 at Phillip Shaw wines, then Angoves and Kingston Estate.

Frank Newman's winemaking mantra is "not satisfied with less than the best."

Aidan Menzies, Deakin Estate Winemaker