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The Team

Meet the team who delivers on every story and article you read! 

Whether it’s the stunning photography, the well written words, award winning advertising or the overall design that draws you in… these are the people working behind the scenes!

mel jaunay

If words were thread, Mel would have sewn a thousand dresses throughout her lifetime, having been a keen story writer since childhood. 

After a career lighting the stage and sailing the world, she returned to her Barossa roots in 2018 with her husband and son. 

She considers it a privilege to be able to share the stories of this special community as one of The Barossa Mag’s staff writers.

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heidi helbig

In a career spanning print media, communications strategy and public relations, Heidi’s passion for storytelling has never wavered. 

Away from the desk she watches the seasons change in a small patch of century-old Grenache and tries to satisfy the enquiring minds of the little people in her life.

Todd kuchel

As an avid reader and film fanatic, Todd is a freelance writer with an appreciation for storytelling. 

From articles and reviews, to his own creative writing, Todd prides himself on the finest details.

Alicia Lüdi-Schutz

Proud to be a grapegrower’s daughter, Alicia enjoys telling the stories of those who shape the region whilst adding to the Valley’s rich cultural tapestry as a brass musician.


What started as a hobby in the early 2000s, Sam found that his passion for taking photo’s was only the beginning. Sam now focuses mainly on Commercial and Bottle Photography as well as capturing people’s special moments. 

Away from the camera Sam enjoys water sports and exploring the country side, usually with a camera close by!

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pete thornton

That saying ‘a picture tells a thousand words’ always seemed pretty clever to Pete. He always hated writing 1000 word essays at Uni – so photography it was for this guy! 

12 years in as a pro photographer, Pete loves working with a story, and getting the best out of people to create unique, artful images.

John Krüger

With Barossa connections dating back to the settling of Hoffnungsthal, John Krüger has been shooting as a freelance photographer around South Australia for the last 17 years. 

His favourite subjects are amazing food and interesting people. John loves positive stories as well as how his photos can bring them to life.

jordan stollznow
publishing manager

Proud Barossa dad and husband first, cyclist and amatuer golfer first… whoops, second. 

Passionate about our local region, wine & helping businesses to connect with their ideal customer.

ashleigh seedsman

What started as a school project turned into love and passion for photography and design.

Getting to start new concepts from scratch and seeing that artwork as a printed product is something you never tire of.

Away from design, a lover of netball, coaching, playing and all things in-between.


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