The Team


Denis Dajlan

Vineyard Manager

Han Tao Lau


Cathy Skinner

Cellar Door Host

Vineyard Manager: Denis Dajlan

Denis has over 20 years’ vineyard experience, working primarily in the Upper Yarra Valley. Denis joined the Elmswood team in 2012, where his knowledge of the area’s soils, weather, and growing conditions has proven invaluable. We believe that it is largely thanks to his Turkish and Albanian heritage that our wines have such rich, spicy, exotic characters.

Winemaker: Han Tao Lau

Han joined the Elmswood team in mid 2013, when he helped oversee the transition of Elmswood’s winemaking to the new on-site winery. He has a degree in Oenology from the University of Adelaide and has spent the last 11 years making wine in the Yarra Valley, along with vintages in France and Germany. His favourite activities are tennis and bottling.

Cellar Door Host: Cathy Skinner

A local in the area for over 20 years, Cathy is our smiley, charming, welcoming cellar door host and is passionate about ensuring our visitors have the best possible time at Elmswood. Outside of Elmswood, she enjoys being the number one fan of her daughters’ volleyball and gymnastics, and an advocate for animal welfare.