Serafino's awards and accolades would not be possible without its fabulous team whose dedication, work ethic and attention to detail ensure success.

steve maglieri

Managing Director

The Serafino story began in 1964 when Steve (Serafino) Maglieri arrived in Australia from Italy as a passionate teenager full of dreams.

Two years later, with the assistance of his father Giovanni, he planted his first vines in McLaren Vale that now extends to over 350 acres, laying the foundation of a winemaking dynasty that today is known as Serafino Wines and overseen by his daughter, Maria.

Steve Maglieri, recently receiving the prestigious AM honour (Member of the Order) on the Australia Day Honours list.

This honour was awarded to Steve for his significant contribution to the wine industry as a Winemaker and the Italian, local and abroad community, both charitable and tourism.

Maria Maglieri

CEO the Maglieri Group

Growing up on the family vineyard in the heart of McLaren Vale, Maria Maglieri was always destined for a life in wine.

Coupled with tours of the great wine regions of the world, Maria was inspired to follow her father and mentor, Serafino (Steve) Maglieri into the family business.

With a superior wine knowledge gained from more than 20 years experience, Maria has thrived as CEO of the Maglieri Group including Serafino Wines, Serafino McLaren Vale Hotel, McLaren Vale Bottlers and property investments. Under her strong management skills and marketing flair, Serafino has been endorsed as a leading wine brand of South Australia in export markets, in addition a tourism destination for its unique offering of an onsite winery, cellar door, accommodation, restaurant and events centre in the hub of McLaren Vale.

Maria’s achievements have been recognised locally and globally;  the South Australian Business Ambassador in 2006, nominated for the Telstra Business Woman of the Year in 2010, named the 2012 Molisana Business Woman of the World in Italy and recently awarded the title “ Cavaliere”, Order of Merit of the Italian Republic in 2018 for her contribution to the Italian community and Women in business.

Maria serves as a volunteer of the Molise Associazione Adelaide SA, member of the McLaren Vale Grape Wine Tourism Association, including Board member 2013 – 2016 and is an advocate for working women & mothers in busines.

Michelle Heagney


When Michelle Heagney tasted her first sip of wine in the chemistry lab at high school under the good guidance of her Science teacher, she deemed it… a less than stellar experience. Although, as all good science projects go, it sowed the seed for an illustrious career imparting her 25 years’ experience as winemaker at some of Australia’s most prestigious wineries.

Michelle is thrilled to join Serafino Winery as Head Winemaker. She brings with her a vast knowledge of winemaking in NSW, Victoria, and South Australia, and is keen to ensure every drop she helps produce is at the high standard and finest quality that Serafino Wines has come to reflect - because nobody needs to experience a less-than-stellar introduction to wine!

Michelle has worked with Rosemount Estate, Cassegrain Wines, Penfolds and Australian Vintage, and is keen to apply her broad skill base to enhance the growth of Serafino and ensure 2022 onwards are vintages to remember. As a former resident, she already knows the Mediterranean climate of the McLaren Vale region is the right place to produce premium fruit, with its perfect weather and soils.

She is keen to see what she can do with exceptional parcels of fruit, especially the Italian Varietals for which Serafino are renowned.

The following staff play an integral role in the success of Serafino Wines:

  • Russell Gallagher, National Sales & Marketing Manager
  • Diana Maglieri, Sales & Marketing Assistant
  • Andrew Godfrey, Vineyard Manager