About Us


Soumah of Yarra Valley set out to select an exact location that delivered every advantage of a cool climate, undulating topography and ancient soils. We then wanted to bring some focus to our endeavour. After being resident overseas for many years, we found the elegance & honesty of Northern Italian wines and food is what inspires us.

Our hidden gem in the Yarra Valley

So we found our hidden gem, located down a county lane in the dress circle Warramate foothills of the Yarra Valley. It is from here we set out to make wine with the charm of Northern Italy but the provenance of the majestic Yarra Valley.

Our first vintages attracted many accolades including our exclusive Savarro winning consecutive trophies at the 2011 and 2012 Federation Square Wine Showcase as well as gathering not less than 14 medals and trophies.

As our wine flight expands we will focus on styles from Northern Italy including Pinot Grigio, Ai Fiori (Rosata), Brachetto and Nebbiolo as well as the Eastern French varieties of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Shiraz and Viognier.

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Meet the members of our experienced team who work tirelessly to bring you the best Soumah has to offer.

Brett Butcher


Overseeing the family investment, Brett has been involved in the wine business all his life. Initially in the domestic and international five-star hotel, on-premise business and then onto his role in helping set up Soumah as a premium wine producer. “We focused on the Yarra for its acclaim in producing cool climate, clear varietal wines with savoury elegance. The Soumah raison d’etre is to support this fame with the definitive vineyard site, nurturing viticulture and a focus on quality over quantity.

Tim Knight

General Manager | Production & Assets

Tim brings passion, enthusiasm and experience to the Soumah team, having worked on vineyards and wineries in NZ, Italy & Australia. Tim’s viticultural philosophy is to always be one step ahead of the plant and to be flexible as each season brings new challenges and experiences enabling him to deliver premium quality grapes for Soumah to create the elegance and provenance that has become our hallmark.

Scott McCarthy

Chief Winemaker

Born into Viticulture with a family vineyard in Mildura. Started career in 1989 with Yalumba then went on to gain Worldwide experience in Napa Valley – Oakville Ranch, Loire Valley – Jacques Lurton and Malborough – Rapaura. In 2005 Scott designed a new winery which formed a base to produce super premium wines.

Tim Brown

Viticulture Consultant

Tim judiciously oversees the vineyard strategy with the philosophy of limiting input and letting the soil and varieties speak for themselves. Tim has lead a process of selecting the right rootstock for the right variety for the right vineyard aspect to create optimum vine balance and correct ripening profile.

TJ Holmes

General Manager | Revenue Operations

TJ was born and bred on the terra rossa soil of Coonawarra, wine is in her blood. She completed an oenology degree at the University of Adelaide and has produced some great wines over 10 years of winemaking in Coonawarra. Tj and her husband moved to the Yarra Valley to become involved in its innovative wine and food culture and to nurture a love of Pinot Noir. Outside of work she keeps busy with her two young children.

Lucy Fisher

Assistant Cellar Door & Trattoria Manager

Born on the edge of the Yarra Valley, Lucy has worked in the hospitality industry both locally & overseas. Working in restaurants, hotels & bars she has cultivated a passion for food & wine. Settling into Healesville 10 years ago with her family Lucy has immersed herself into everything the Yarra Valley has to offer & loves nothing more than sharing her knowledge with everyone she meets.

Paul Phelan

Head Chef

Paul brings to SOUMAH nearly twenty years of experience working in some of the top wineries in the Yarra Valley. With a passion for the region, Paul creates menus based on the freshest seasonal produce, delivered with passion and simplicity.

Dmitri Lazariuc

Director of Global Sales & Logistics

Being a second-generation winemaker, Dmitri has been around a winery his entire life. Over the last 10 years he has gone from vineyards, cellars, barrel storages, anywhere where he could get his hands dirty with this glorious product we call wine to sales and marketing. At Soumah Dmitri is looking after local Yarra Valley distribution as well as utilising every tool possible to promote Soumah of Yarra Valley to the World.

Bela Rice

Sales Manager

Bela has over 25 years Wine Industry Experience, Selling, Consulting, Distributing and Educating. For the past 13 years before joining the Soumah team, he ran his own Wine Consultancy Business, ”Grape Ideas”. Wine has been his lifetime passion, and when not officially working there is every chance he will be dining out with friends, tasting and talking wine.

Scott Bailey

Sales Manager

Scott has been managing bars and restaurants for the last 14 years throughout Tasmania and Melbourne. He brings a wealth of industry knowledge to the team and is currently studying every aspect of wine he can.

Steven Worley

Export Sales

A keen winemaker himself, Steve looks after export distribution for SOUMAH. He has built relationships in key markets ensuring our label is developing a loyal following internationally. Steven is also integral to our branding team ensuring we are focused and consistent with our message of quality and terroir.