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ABOUT US

THE WINE DOGS STORY

Wine Dogs is the definitive guide to dogs living and working in the vineyard, winery and tasting rooms of wineries around the globe.

Established in 1997, Wine Dogs is the original documenter of the winemaker’s best friend – their faithful hound, the winery dog. The first Australian Wine Dogs book was published in 2003 and quickly became a best seller. There are fourteen volumes of Wine Dogs editions including the latest Wine Dogs Australia 4, Wine Dogs California 2, Wine Dogs New Zealand 2, Wine Dogs USA 3 and Wine Dogs Italy editions and a host of other products such as our very popular Wine Dogs Calendars, our Wine Cats book and Footy Dogs, the dogs of Australian Rules Football.

The www.winedogs.com website provides an easy and enjoyable way to review the Wine Dogs dogalogue of products. The website also features the latest Wine Dogs news, information on future editions and everyone’s favourite – The Wine Dog of the Month.

Our online Wine Dogs store is state of the art and offers secure online ordering. It is also reassuring to know that our Customer Service team is available by phone or email with ordering or enquiries about Wine Dogs.

WINE DOGS CREATORS

SUSAN ELLIOTT
PUBLISHER, AUTHOR, CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Favourite food: Noodles
Favourite pastime: Wearing pyjamas
Naughtiest deed: Teasing huskies
Obsessions: Bath salts and football mullets of the ‘80s
Known accomplices: Ron the feisty cichlid
Pet peeve: Whistling

Susan is a multi-skilled artist with a background in fine art, illustration and printmaking. After completing two years of a psychology degree, Sue changed to a career in art. She graduated from the City Art Institute in 1986, majoring in drawing, printmaking painting and design. Sue exhibited her graphic art and screenprints extensively around Sydney while also working in a number of small design studios. She has developed into an award-winning graphic designer with over 25 years of experience in the industry. Susan joined McGill Design Group in 1999 as co-owner and became Creative Director. She is also co-founder and principal of the Giant Dog publishing house and serves as its Creative Director. Sue’s knowledge of dogs is unparalleled, and in the past she has also found time to be a successful Siberian Husky breeder. Although currently dogless, Sue loves to spend time with the many wine dogs she meets from around the world and her beloved cichlid named Ron Severum.

CRAIG McGILL
PUBLISHER, AUTHOR, PHOTOGRAPHER

Date of birth: Dead in dog years
Favourite food: Roast duck and pinot noir
Favourite pastime: Ventriloquism and being a big kid
Naughtiest deed: Chasing huskies while stark naked
Obsessions: Beer, wine and collecting useless things
Known accomplices: The voices in my head
Pet peeve: Unoriginal ideas

Craig is a self-taught designer, illustrator and photographer who started his own design business in Melbourne at 18 years of age. Early in his career he was appointed as a design consultant to The Reserve Bank of Australia. His designs and illustrations have graced banknotes throughout the world, including the Australian bicentenary ten-dollar note. His work appears on the original Australian $100 note, Papua New Guinea Kina, Cook Island Dollars and English Pound traveller’s cheques. Craig was also involved in the design and illustration of many countries’ security documents such as Passports, Bonds and Traveller’s Cheques. At the age of 23 he designed the entire series of the Cook Island banknotes and it is believed that he was the world’s youngest designer to design a country’s complete currency. His illustrations are regularly commissioned by agencies and designers both in Australia and around the world, and also appear on dozens of wine labels. Widely known as Australia’s only freelance currency designer, Craig has also designed and illustrated eleven stamps for Australia Post. Craig is co-founder and principal of the Giant Dog publishing house and is the sole photographer for all publications. Having grown up with a succession of beagles and huskies, Craig is currently road-testing several hundred dog breeds from wineries around the world.

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GIANT DOG PUBLISHING

Giant Dog is a niche independent publishing house specialising in producing benchmark quality design and art books. Recent publications include Wine Dogs California 2, Wine Dogs Australia 4, Wine Dogs New Zealand 2, Wine Dogs Italy, Wine Cats and Footy Dogs.

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