Josef Chromy Wines Dave Milne

"Rarely is there an opportunity to join a wine business in its infancy and develop and personally execute its sales and marketing strategy"

Dave Milne

Having bribed his way across Russia at 18, taught English to Hong Kong execs at 19 and run out of money at 20, Dave was destined to find a dynamic industry to finance his backpacking. “If I can’t afford to stay there, I’ll work there” was the motto. So with a degree in hand and having worked as a sommelier in the UK’s Lake District in the mid 90’s, on returning home Dave undertook various F&B and resort management roles at some of Australia’s iconic destinations. The eureka moment occurred while he was managing Seven Spirit Bay Wilderness Lodge in Arnhem Land and had a chance meeting with Len Evans. Enticing him deeper into the world of wine, Dave jumped the fence and became the Production, Sales and Export Manager for one of the pioneers of winery tourism in Australia (2002 - 2008 Warrenmang Vineyard & Resort).

Dave joined Josef Chromy Wines in mid 2008 after its first full financial year of operation and sales of 6,500 x 9 litre cases. In seven short years, Josef Chromy sales reached 45,000 cases and the wines are available nationally and in 14 international markets.

As a founding member of the Ultimate Winery Experiences of Australia, Dave has been instrumental in designing the guest experiences including winery tours, learning to fly fish on the lakes at the winery and taking helicopters to some of Tasmania’s iconic locations. Together with the fantastic team at the Josef Chromy Wines Restaurant, the establishment was listed in the Hottest Restaurants in Australia in 2014 /2015 and regularly listed among the Top Cellar Doors of Australia. A visit to the beautiful surrounds and establishment is recognised as one of the best food and wine experiences in Tasmania. Dave was one of 15 wine industry professionals identified in 2015 to participate in the Wine AUstralia Future Leaders Program to shape the future of the Australian Wine Industry.

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Cellar Door & Restaurant


Cellar Door - Open 7 days 10am - 5pm
Restaurant - Lunch daily 11.45am - 2.30pm
(Closed Christmas Day)


370 Relbia Rd
Relbia TAS 7258


03 6335 8700

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