Ballandean Estate welcomed its fifth generation into the family business in 2022 with the arrival of Steven Gangemi, grandson of Angelo and Mary Puglisi — and eldest progeny of Mario Gangemi and Leeanne Puglisi-Gangemi.
“Steven spent plenty of his youth working at the cellar door, but like all of us next-gens, he was keen to spread his wings and do something completely different!”, says Leeanne.
Steven left Ballandean to pursue an engineering career starting at UQ St Lucia, segueing into information technology and the education sector. After spending the last few years working in Yeppoon with his wife Callie the gravitational pull of the Granite Belt and family saw the high school sweethearts return home at the end of 2021.
“There was always the opportunity to work in the family business, but never any pressure,’ says Mr Gangemi.
"Housing affordability, lifestyle, friends and family saw us come home to the Granite Belt."
Steven is learning the ropes from the ground up: cellar door sales, production, crushing, labelling, and viticulture.
“What the family has achieved inspires me, as does their love, passion and the fruit produced, I’m excited to be here to help!’ says Mr Gangemi.