Meet the Team | Families of Stumpy Gully
Stumpy Gully Vineyard is built upon the laughter and love of the Zantvoort family. The journey began when Frank and Wendy Zantvoort moved their four young children to an old dairy farm and toiled to grow the vines that now produce the extraordinary vintages of Stumpy Gully and it continues with the next generation in Michael and Elizabeth and their three daughters.
But there are many families that are connected to this beautiful boutique Vineyard from the Burke family who run the on-site Restaurant to the wider much cherished team and their families that are integral in making this a truly authentic family vineyard.
Each one of the extraordinary people who work with us now and those that have worked with us in the past have each added something to this special place.
At Stumpy Gully Vineyard we want every guest to not just understand and feel the passions of the present and past teams but to truly appreciate the hard work, sacrifice, love and laughter that goes into every bottle, every dish and every element of the service for your visit to the truly special place.
Michael Zantvoort | Vineyard Owner & Winemaker
Michael grew up among the vines, learning about wine making from his parents, and has done everything on the vineyard from planting to bottling. He’s usually found working around the Stumpy Gully Vineyard or on the road meeting various clients in Melbourne and Sydney. He studied Viticulture and Wine Growing at Wagga and loves camping and spending time with his three girls.
Liz Zantvoort | Vineyard Owner & Business Manager
Brian Sinclair | Brand Manager
Brian has been in the wine industry for over ten years now, the majority of those years have been with Stumpy Gully.
Having done an extensive range of vineyard & winery work with the Zantvoorts, Brian has a great passion & appreciation for the wines that Stumpy Gully has become very well known for.
Frank & Wendy Zantvoort | Founders of Stumpy Gully Vineyard
Shane Burke | Owner & Head Chef Stumpy Gully Dining
Shane has always known he has a passion for cooking; he started as a young boy baking with his mother in the family’s farm house kitchen progressing to an apprenticeship at the local bakery at just fifteen. Shane soon realised that he had found his calling and he spent the next few years working at some of Victorias most iconic establishments from Blue Tongue to the Stokehouse. From there he took up the Sous Chef position at Saffron in Arrow Town New Zealand working alongside Pete Gawron.
It was in New Zealand that he met his future wife, Julia, and together they moved onto the Superyachts of the Mediterranean working for some of the worlds wealthiest and most exacting clients. Years later and having decided to raise their children in the beautiful surroundings of the Mornington Peninsula, Shane embarked on a new phase of his Australian culinary adventure which lead him to taking over the restaurant at Stumpy Gully Vineyard in 2020. His knowledge of world cuisines and techniques coupled with his passion for the incredible produce of the Mornington Peninsula and Australia has allowed Shane to produce an exceptionally accomplished yet honest menu which he changes with every season. Shane is hugely invested in every element of the Stumpy Gully Dining experience and cannot wait to welcome you.
Julia Burke | Business Manager & Events Co-ordinator of Stumpy Gully Dining & Events
Julia was born and raised in Norwich, England. After studying a Business Degree at Sheffield University she started a career in corporate insurance that saw her live and work in London and Leeds.
After encountering a super yacht whilst on a holiday, Julia decided to ditch the corporate world and ran away to sea. She spent the next seven years working as a Chief Stewardess in the super yacht industry; travelling around the Med and crossing the Atlantic twice to sail the Caribbean and America. She was responsible for all aspects of the interior of the yacht | guest services and ran a team of up to four stewardesses.
After meeting Shane, her future husband, on a chair lift in Queenstown, New Zealand while on a snowboarding holiday. They completed a further two years working together in snow chalets and back on the yachts. After falling pregnant with their first child, Julia decided to become a stay-at-home mum to their two children. Moving to Australia in 2015 Julia has now taken all of her business, corporate, life and five star service experience and is the Business & Events Manager at Stumpy Gully Dining.