Michelle Geber appointed GM of Chateau Tanunda

Michelle and John Geber (Photo: Erica Visser)

Icon Barossa wine company Chateau Tanunda (tastings) has struck a blow against the glass ceiling with the appointment of 32-year-old Michelle Geber as general manager. Not only a woman in a responsible role in a substantial wine company, but a young woman.

Michelle is the daughter of John Geber, the former general manager, who took over the then run-down chateau in 1999 and has since then given it a new lease of life. The Gebers celebrated the property’s 125th anniversary with style in 2015.

Said John Geber:

“We looked high and low to fill the position and then realised we had the best candidate within the company. The next generation coming through is always a big achievement.”

He points out that this makes Michelle potentially one of the most influential women in the Australian wine industry. Being at the helm of this substantial and historically significant property is no small responsibility.

Michelle, who was formerly sales and marketing director, holds a BA from Sydney University and a diploma in graphic design, as well as a graduate diploma in international studies from the University of Sydney Business School. She has completed the AICD company directors’ course, the WSET intermediate and advanced certificates, and the advanced wine assessment course at the Australian Wine Research Institute.

She has had seven years’ experience in the wine industry, two and half of which were spent in the USA.

*Trawling my memory for other young women CEOs, I recalled Christina Tulloch of Tulloch Wines in the Hunter. She was 35 when she became CEO nearly five years ago.


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