The O'Dea Family
David and Wizz O'Dea are the founders of Windowrie Estate. David O'Dea completed a degree in Agriculture at Hawkesbury University in 1961. Wizz O'Dea began her life on a farm situated near the Hunter Valley and married David in 1964. Windowrie was purchased in 1959 and David and Wizz worked together in the production of various cereal crops.
The decision to diversify into grape growing in the 1980's dramatically changed the family's fortunes. From humble beginnings Windowrie Estate now boasts the region's first winery and employs up to 45 people in casual labour and 14 people in full time labour.
Stephen (Steph) O'Dea completed a Bachelor of Building Degree at Canberra University and has put his skills to good use, reconstructing The Mill in Cowra to operate as a retail outlet for Windowrie wine. Work on The Mill began in February 1996 and the Cellar Door opened in October of the same year. Whilst The Mill is no longer the Windowrie Cellar Door, it remains a key historical landmark within the region and a testament to the vision of the O'Dea family.
Dimity (Doe) O'Dea completed Wine Marketing at Roseworthy University in Adelaide. Doe spent part of her course living in Amsterdam, where she studied the Dutch wine market. Through Doe's extensive world travel, she has gained an invaluable global perspective on world wine markets. Doe now spends her time between Australia and Amsterdam with her husband and two boys.
Jason O'Dea completed Viticulture at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga in New South Wales in 1994. In 1996 he travelled for 18 months on a global vineyard discovery tour, studying different viticultural practices in North America, South America and Europe. Since returning to Australia, Jason has applied this knowledge to the management of Windowrie's vineyards while developing new ideas for further improvements to wine quality.
Petrina (Nook) O'Dea completed a communications degree at Charles Sturt University Bathurst in New South Wales in 2004. Nook has worked in digital media communications and spent much of her time travelling. She has spent much of her career working with the marketing and communications of the winery.