Chair of Judges
Warren Gibson was educated at Massey University, New Zealand, and at Roseworthy Agricultural College, South Australia. He began his winemaking career in New Zealand in 1987, subsequently travelling the world as a Flying Winemaker, including vintages in Australia, Italy, Hungary, France and California.
In 1997 with partner Lorraine Leheny, also a winemaker, they established their own brand, Bilancia. In Italian, Bilancia translates to balance and equilibrium. The la collina Syrah is now in its 17th vintage. The material for la collina (Italian for “The Little Hill”), is grown on the steep slopes of Roy’s Hill, near Hastings.
Warren has just completed his 22nd vintage at Trinity Hill in Hawkes Bay, currently as Chief Winemaker as well as heading the viticultural team. Along with these roles he has recently expanded his work to include outside projects in a consultant role.
He has been a regular judge at all of his country's major wine shows plus a range of wine competitions in Australia. In 2016 Warren was Chairman of Judges for the Hawke’s Bay A&P Bayleys Wine Awards and was appointed Chairman of Judges for the Air New Zealand Wine Awards in 2017.
In 2015, Warren spent time as visiting Winemaker on a Walter, Carew and Richard Reynell Fellowship as a guest of the University of Adelaide mentoring the Hickinbotham Roseworthy Oenology students.
Deputy Chair of Judges
Marlborough born and bred Ben Glover is the owner/winemaker (The Janitor) for Glover Family Vineyards – Zephyr Wines – a family owned, single vineyard love affair found along the banks of the Opawa river Dillons Pt. Since chairing the Bragato Wine Awards since 2015 and changing its focus to promote single vineyard wines from the winegrower within the spectrum of Turangawewae he is stoked to be part of this new show as Deputy Chair alongside Chair Warren Gibson. With over 20 years’ experience as a winemaker and an international wine judge and in particular the opportunity in 2001 to be an inaugural Len Evans scholar (before his hair started going grey and couldn’t grow a beard), is testimony to his dedication to the pursuit of wine quality – both as a winemaker and as an appreciative wine drinker.
Dr Jamie Goode
Jamie Goode is a UK-based wine journalist. He's a co-chair of the International Wine Challenge, and writes regularly for a range of publications, including the World of Fine Wine, Wine and Spirits (USA), VinePair (USA) and Drinks International. He has a weekly column with national newspaper The Sunday Express and regularly travels to judge and speak. His website, www.wineanorak.comhas been online since 1999, and he's the author of four books: Wine Science, Authentic Wine, I Taste Red and Flawless: understanding wine faults. Jamie is a regular visitor to New Zealand.
PJ was an early convert to the magic of winemaking. At the tender age of thirteen he learnt how to prune grape vines and worked harvest (after school) at Vilagrad Wines in the Waikato, New Zealand. Spending weekends and holidays working his way through vineyard to winery the decision was made to carve a career in wine. In 1988 he enrolled at Roseworthy Agricultural College in South Australia studying Oenology.
PJ spent his early winemaking years travelling the world working with many influential winemakers at wineries such as Lindemans in the Hunter Valley, Rouge Homme in Coonawarra, Knappstein in the Care Valley, Adelsheim Vineyard in Oregon, Flowers in California and Paul Jaboulet in the Rhone Valley.
PJ returned to Australia choosing to work with wine brands such as Lindemans in Mildura and the Penfolds in the Barossa to help further expand his knowledge and understanding of the great regional and sub-regional diversity of the Australian Wine Industry.
In 1999 PJ was appointed winemaker at Brokenwood Wines in the Hunter Valley. In his 12 years at Brokenwood PJ earned an outstanding reputation not only as one of Australia’s leading winemakers, producing award-winning wines, but also as a highly regarded spokesperson for not only Brokenwood Wines and the Hunter Valley but the Australian wine industry.
PJ’s knowledge and palate have seen his involvement in the show system as a senior wine show judge for over 20 years with experience across both regional and capital city wine shows. PJ is currently the Chairman of Judges for the Hunter Valley Wine Show, The Royal Queensland Wine Show and the NSW Wine Awards. He has also worked closely as a spokesperson for Wine Australia on the international stage.
Today PJ runs Charteris Wine Consulting and his own small label, Charteris Wines from Bannockburn, Central Otago New Zealand.