Robert Oatley Vineyards has appointed a UK-based business development manager to help grow the brand in the UK market.

Katie MacAulay has more than three decades experience in the wine trade, which started with a job in an independent wine merchant in London. Later she worked at Oddbins as head of communications, and at Bibendum as fine wine buyer and then director of buying, before joining Enotria as marketing and buying controller.

More recently (2004 to 2018) she worked in the Adelaide Hills area of Australia where she held the position of business development manager for a premium group of wineries including Petaluma, St Hallett and Wither Hillls. She joined Robert Oatley in 2012 in the same capacity.

Now based in London, MacAulay will support the Hatch Mansfield team while developing Robert Oatley Vineyards in the UK market.

Hatch Mansfield has worked as exclusive UK agent for the producer since 2016, and it said it has seen the brand grow from strength to strength.

Fiona Mottershaw, marketing brand controller, said: “We are delighted to welcome Katie back to the UK once more, where we can readily draw on both her enormous experience in this market and her knowledge and enthusiasm for the Robert Oatley portfolio.”