Our Story

A Blend of Heritages and Passion.

Paulmara Estate was established by Paul and Mara Georgiadis in 1999, with the first vines planted by Paul on their Marananga home block in 1995. In 2011, they purchased their Paradigm Vineyards in partnership with 4 other like-minded friends. Combining these two vineyards, Paulmara Estate has the opportunity to select the best parcels to service the brand.

Our first wine, ’Syna’ (Greek for ‘together’) was inspired by Mara’s Californian heritage, Paul’s Greek roots and their shared passion for fine wine. It captures the union of two like minds and hearts.

Mara Georgiadis

Mara Thomas was born in Sonoma County, California USA. Growing up in an agricultural family, her father is an internationally renowned viticultural expert and professor. Whilst schooling, she worked for the largest nursery in the Northern Hemisphere for six years, where she gained a vast amount of experience in grafting, harvesting and vintage.

Mara graduated from the California Polytechnic State University, SLO and has a degree in Agribusiness. While employed at Farm Credit as an Account Manager she also worked in marketing and cellar doors for some of Sonoma County’s finest wineries.

Mara travelled to Australia in 1997 and met Paul while working in a Barossa winery. Upon marrying Paul, she moved to Adelaide in late 1998 and the rest is history.

Paul Georgiadis

Paul’s viticultural career started in the Riverland, where his family established vineyards and orchards, which he managed while studying Marketing at the University of South Australia. Paul then went on to become Penfolds’ very own premium regions Grower Relations Manager, an illustrious career of 18 years. He has spent the last 15 years managing his two Barossa Valley vineyards, while consulting in various capacities for growers and wineries. This extends from viticulture to Grape Supply management, which over the years has been received by like-minded vignerons and wineries throughout Australia’s premium wine growing districts, and for this he has been recognised as one of the best in his field.

Paul has leveraged his vast industry experience and has built relationships with winemakers, growers and connoisseurs throughout Australia and abroad.

Jason Barrette

Jason’s decade long affair with premium Barossa fruit naturally led him to Marananga, his favourite region and the home of Paulmara Estate. Jason refined his mastery of the intricacies of this region, by working closely with Paul on unlocking the real potential of the Georgiadis Estate. His oenological decisions are driven by a deep understanding of the geology and the varieties that suit this unique microclimate.