Meet our Family


Angelo Puglisi

Owner/Vineyard Manager
Angelo Puglisi is considered to be the founder of the modern Queensland Wine Industry and over the past 80 years his family business, Ballandean Estate has been at the forefront of developing and promoting the Queensland Wine Industry.
** 1977  Churchill Fellowship to study Winemaking and Wine Tourism in Europe
** 1995  Paul Harris Fellow Award for community service
** 1998 Tourism Ambassador Award
** 1999 Ambassador for the Wesley Hospital
** 2001 Qld Tourism Yellow Pages Business Directions Award
** 2001 Centenary Medal
** 2001 Qld Wine Press Club Most Significant Contribution Qld Wine Industry.
** 2003 Queensland Great - awarded by Queensland Government.
** 2003 Bassett Award - awarded by Queensland Wine Industry Association.
** 2006 Dante Alighieri Society Award for the diffusion of the Italian Language and Culture
** 2005-present - Australia Day Ambassador
** 2011 Attended lunch in Brisbane with her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and Duke of Edinborough as a guest of the Governor of Queensland.
Mobile: 0408 832 505

Mary Puglisi

Mary has been part of the Qld Wine Industry since her marriage to Angelo in 1968 when together they purchased the winery and vineyard from Angelo’s parents.
While Angelo grew the grapes and made the wine, it was Mary who fostered the humble beginnings of the Cellar Door at Ballandean Estate when the doors opened in 1970.
It was her commitment to a 7 day a week hospitality business that has seen tourism and the industry grow.  
For over 35 years, Mary and her team catered lunches and dinners to thousands of people visiting the Granite Belt.  In 1997 this catering business blossomed into the Barrel Room modern dining restaurant.  
For over 4 decades, Mary has proudly waved the Qld Wine Banner.  She is often seen promoting the industry at events across the state.
There is no doubt Mary has given a lifetime of service to the Qld Wine Industry. 

Mobile: 0440 970 410

Leeanne Puglisi Gangemi

Twitter: @ballandeanwines

Client Relations Manager
Leeanne has worked for the family business Ballandean Estate Wines since 1992.  Coming back to the family business was always her intention as her passion for the wine industry and the beautiful Granite Belt could not keep her away.
During high school, it was Leeannes’ intention to study winemaking but after struggling through high school chemistry, she decided that it was the business part of the winery that would be her forte - particularly managing the cellar door - as we know, she doesn't mind a chat!!!
Leeanne has also taken on many roles in industry associations and tourism associations:
** Committee member of the Australian Small Winemakers Show since 1988.
** Board member of the Southern Downs Tourist Association 1993-94, 2001-2003
** Member of Management Committee Granite Belt Wine Industry Association
** Department of Primary Industry & Fisheries Ambassador since 2006
** Chair Wine Committee Sub-Committee of Granite Belt Wine Industry Association - 2007,08,09
** Vice President Queensland Wine Industry Association 2008-09
** President Queensland Wine Industry Association 2009-2010
** Qld Representative on the Small Winemakers Committee of the Winemakers Federation of Australia -2009 until now
** Member of the Transition Committee for Tourism in the Southern Downs Region 2013-14
** Member of Steering Committee for the Stanthorpe Regional Community Bank - current

Robyn Henderson

Twitter @ballandeansista
Robyn has worked for Ballandean Estate full time since 1999.  Her role within the business is problem solver!  A blend of sales, export, HR, accounting and administration while mixing in family business issues make life in a regional winery fulfilling.

Business Manager
B Bus (Computing and Accounting)
Ph: 0746841226
Fax: 0746841288
Mobile: 0420 921934

Mario Gangemi

A glazier by trade, Mario married into the family business a couple of decades ago.  His versatile skills means there are few problems in the business he cannot solve.

Production Manager
Ph: 0746841226
Fax: 0746841288