Helen O'Brien, Director
Originally from Oxford, England, Helen came with her family to Australia when she was three years old.
Helen’s wine story began at an early age, dutifully accompanying her parents on numerous visits to McLaren Vale cellar doors.
She has fond memories of old established wineries like Kay Brothers Amery which her parents visited regularly to feed their ever increasing interest in wine and the South Australian wine scene.
Little did she know, McLaren Vale would later become her home, with her husband and business partner Kevin.
Prior to this, Helen spent a decade in the fashion industry, modelling in Australia, Asia and Europe. She went on to spend several years in the business management and operations side of a leading modelling agency.
During this time, Helen undertook a Business Management degree at the University of South Australia, majoring in Human Resources and Industrial Relations.
Helen’s interest in fashion, extends to art, design and architecture. She loves nothing more than seeking out new design or art pieces to engage with, to enhance a space, or to express a sense of place.
She has provided support to student designers and you will notice Helen’s flair for design at Cellar Door, such as Uma the bison, the large foot and quirky art pieces which are characteristically Kangarilla Road.