Women on the Go Yarra Ranges at Rochford Wines

16 May 2019 8:00am

Women on the Go Yarra Ranges at Rochford Wines


What is Women on the Go?

Women on the Go is an annual event for women working from home, in retail, manufacturing, health, tourism, agriculture, artists, and more.  The morning includes the small business expo, followed by a forum and networking opportunities.

The guest speakers:

Women in Agriculture. This year we are pleased to have two women in business, both from long standing family businesses in wine making and apple growing.

Kate Sanders, Sanders Apples, Three Bridges 

Leanne De Bortoli, De Bortoli Wines, Yarra Valley Estate, Dixons Creek

From Yarra Ranges Council:

Tammi Rose, CEO, Yarra Ranges Council

Helen Ruddell, Executive Officer, Economic Development, Yarra Ranges Business

The Morning

The morning commences with a small business expo, providing an opportunity to learn more and network with business women from across the region. The forum follows with guest speakers and presentations from Council's Economic Development team. 

Kate Sanders

Fourth Generation, Sanders Apples, U-Pick and Tour Manager

Sanders Apples began in Donvale in the early 1900’s, when Kate’s great grandfather Arthur William Sanders migrated from England. Son Hugh spent time working in other orchards gaining the knowledge and skills in running an orchard. Hugh returned to the family orchard with new knowledge. Hugh’s business and family grew and in 1976 the family moved to a larger property in Three Bridges. By this time the three Sanders brothers were in business together, running the large packing shed and coolstore, where it remains fully operational today. Kate’s father Bob and uncles Kevin and Peter, take care of the maintenance, spraying, sales, distribution, picking and pruning of the large growing family business.

Like her grandfather Hugh, Kate has spent time away from the family business, studying, up skilling and gaining experience in the business world. Today Kate is managing the seasonal U-pick & tour aspect of the business. Kate is using her skills in education, event management, marketing and social media to encourage families to visit the orchard in the valley, educating, increasing awareness on where our food comes from and promoting the region.  


Leanne De Bortoli

Third generation, Manager Yarra Valley Estate

Leanne De Bortoli’s childhood playground was the winery established by her granddad Vittorio. With the family living opposite the winery, work and play blended seamlessly. One day Leanne and her three brothers would be rollerskating or skateboarding through the winery, weaving around looming wine vats and vast bottling lines, the next they’d be helping out on those same bottling lines, in the winery’s Cellar Door or in the vineyards.

Today Leanne looks after the winery’s cellar door and renowned restaurant Locale while also helping to promote the winery and the region, tending a thriving veggie patch and, as a self-confessed social media tragic, capturing and posting all the goings on at the estate – from the changing of the seasons in the vineyard to a bumper tomato crop or new dishes on the Locale menu – on her Instagram feed.

Living on a winery is in the blood. Leanne and her winemaker husband Steve Webber run the De Bortoli winery in the Yarra Valley, living and working on the estate. The business continues to grow and adopt environmentally sustainable practices.


When:     Thursday, 16 May 2019

Time:       08:00AM to 11:30AM

Where:   Rochford Wines Yarra Valley, 878-880 Maroondah Highway Conservatory & 400 Gradi ,  Coldstream 3770



Women on the Go is a joint initiative between Yarra Ranges, Knox & Maroondah. Celebrating 11 years of WOTG in 2019 



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