Judging

Chair of Judges

Warren Gibson

Warren Gibson

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

Ben Glover

Ben Glover

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.


International Judges

Dr Jamie Goode

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 Charteris

PJ CHATERIS

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.


Panel Leaders

Ant Mackenzie

Ant Mackenzie

Ant Mackenzie was born in the grape growing region of Gisborne, but grew up and did his first vintages in Hawke’s Bay. Ants formal education includes studies in biochemistry, economics and finally a specialization in enology-the science of winemaking. 

Beginning with harvests in Hawke’s Bay-and extending to spells in California, Spain, Australia and recently China-it was however Marlborough where his early winemaking career was focused.  Ant worked for Framingham, Spy Valley and Mudhouse Wine Group over a 15 year period in Marlborough. A mid-career change of region in 2009 saw him return to live in Hawke’s Bay to take on the position of General Manager/ Winemaker at Te Awa and Dry River in Martinborough.

Following the sale of the Te Awa Vineyards and Winery to Villa Maria Estate, Ant has become an industry consultant helping winemaking clients optimize wine quality and market outcomes. 

In 2015 Ant lanched his own brands onto the market.   These wines are the culmination of 20+ years of experience in the vineyards and wineries of both New Zealand and other regions around the world where he has worked.  Some of the fruit for these wines is grown on his own property ‘Craft Farm’ just outside Havelock North.  Along with the single vineyard ‘Craft Farm’ wines, we have a regional range called ‘Theory & Practice’, a blended range using the Bordeaux varietals called ‘ Alluviale’ and a Spanish varietal range called ‘Toño’.  

Ant describes himself as a technical winemaker with one eye on consumer tastes the other eye on the market.  He sees his job as understanding what tastes people want in a wine and being able to deliver those tastes to the glass through his knowledge and experience both in the vineyard and the winery.


Jack Glover

Jack Glover

After growing up on a vineyard in Marlborough, Jack initially studied Oenology at Lincoln University. A shift in focus saw him move across the Tasman to South Australia where he completed his Bachelor of Wine Marketing at the University of Adelaide in 2003. Seeking further experience, he then went on to work at St Hallett in the Barossa Valley and then vintages in both the Napa Valley and Marlborough.

In 2006, Jack joined Pernod Ricard New Zealand as National Trading Manager On-Premise. This role saw him managing one of the largest sales forces in New Zealand’s liquor industry and forging relationships with hospitality personalities, outlets and venues across the country.

An offer to join The Mud House Wine Group in 2011 lured Jack and his young family back to his home town of Blenheim, Marlborough.  As Sales and Marketing Director, Jack’s focus was on brand marketing and export sales.  Mud House was acquired by Accolade Wines in 2014 and in 2016 Jack was promoted to General Manager New Zealand and now leads the New Zealand team.

Since 2007, Jack has judged wine competitions both in New Zealand and Internationally.  Most notably, as a regular senior judge at the International Wine Challenge (IWC) in London and the Royal Adelaide Wine Show. He is also currently studying towards a Master of Wine qualification.


Jane Skilton MW

Jane Skilton

Jane Skilton began her wine career in London and passed her Master of Wine examination in 1993. She takes an active role in IMW activities and is a member of the MW Council.

She moved to New Zealand in 2000 and founded the NZ School of Wines and Spirits, teaching the Wine and Spirit Education Trust qualifications and general wine courses to trade and consumers in New Zealand, Fiji and China. 

She is an experienced wine judge and has both nationally and internationally (London, Rutherglen, Brisbane, Margaret River, Hobart, Limestone Coast, Cowra, Australia Single Vineyard Show, Shanghai, Beijing and Tokyo).


Kate Radburnd

Kate Radburnd

Kate Radburnd is one of New Zealand’s most respected winemakers, with over 35 vintages, she has been producing premium wines across a range of varietals and wine styles achieving gold medals and trophies around the world.

She is a graduate of Roseworthy Agricultural College and moved to NZ from Adelaide in 1983 to make wine at Vidal, where she worked for 7 years.

She joined Pask Winery in 1991 as winemaker, became the joint owner in 1993, and managing director in 1999, where she worked for 26 years. She left Pask in May 2017 to pursue a new wine business, Radburnd Cellars, commencing with the 2018 vintage.

A highly regarded ambassador for New Zealand’s wine, Kate has served as a senior judge at national and international wine competitions. In 2010, she was appointed Chair of Judges for the Royal Easter Show Wine Awards, New Zealand’s oldest national wine competition.

Kate has been a Director of New Zealand Winegrowers, a wine consultant to Air New Zealand, and the Deputy Chair of the Council of The Eastern Institute of Technology in Napier, which has wine science and viticulture as flagship degrees. She pioneered the introduction of the winery programme for Sustainable Wine Growing New Zealand.

In recognition of her services to New Zealand wine, Kate was awarded the Sir George Fistonich medal at the New Zealand International Wine Competition in 2010. She was made a Fellow of New Zealand Winegrowers in 2015, the first female winemaker to receive the award. 


James Rowan

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James Rowan has been the senior winemaker at West Brook Winery in Auckland, a family owned winery established in 1935, for the past 13 years. Making wine from Matakana, Auckland, Waiheke Island, Hawkes Bay, Gisborne and Marlborough. James has been a senior wine judge at numerous New Zealand wine competitions including Air New Zealand Wine Awards, Gisborne Regional Wine Awards, the Romeo Bragato Wine Awards and the Royal Easter Show Wine Awards. James is also a senior New Zealand Cider judge. Over the years, James has chosen to share his passion and knowledge for wine with various New Zealand magazines and trade publications.


Senior Judges

Barry Rewai

Barry Rewai

Barry Riwai is winemaker at Alpha Domus in Bridge Pa, Hastings and has worked in Hawke's Bay for over 20 years. Originally from Hamilton, Barry moved to HB to study Wine Science at EIT and has been captivated by the many styles of wine grown in the region. He also has extensive experience overseas having made wine in the Rhone, Loire and Bordeaux regions working for both large and boutique producers. Barry has judged at New Zealand and Australian wine shows for many years.

Barry shares his affinity for wine with his wife who is also a winemaker, they live in Napier with their three young children.


Helen Morrison

Helen Morrison

Helen's passion for wine encouraged her decision to change her career path, completing her Bachelor of Viticulture and Oenology, as top female student, at Lincoln University, Christchurch New Zealand in 2005. Helen joined Villa Maria’s Marlborough team in January 2014 and is excited to be working for such an iconic, well awarded, winemaking family that is focused on sustainability and environmental responsibility to ensure our future.

Helen has lived in Marlborough since 2006, working previously as a client winemaker in a large custom crush Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir facility, and before this for a smaller well established family estate. Helen has been involved in wine judging in the New Zealand wine show system since 2008, progressing from associate to senior judge in 2012.  She has great enthusiasm for the wine industry, there's so much to learn and so many great people associated within it.

Helen is especially passionate about Marlborough, loves the outdoors, enjoying skiing in the winter, camping, hiking and boating in the summer at our bach in the Marlborough Sounds, as well as trying to keep fit running my two dogs, Rocco and Dita.


Huw Kinch

Huw Kinch

Huw is the winemaker and estate manager at Pyramid Valley in North Canterbury. He spent the last 10 years as winemaker at Escarpment Vineyard in Martinborough. Huw grew up in the Snowy Mountains area of NSW and studied winemaking in Australia at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga, NSW.

Huw has worked in Martinborough, Hunter Valley, Margaret River, Coonawarra, California, Languedoc/Roussillon, Burgundy and Hawkes Bay.


Liam McEllhinney

Liam McEllhinney

Liam is Managing Director and Chief Winemaker at The McElhinney Wine Group, a consultancy business founded in 2013 with clients both domestic and international.

Initially started as a winemaking consultancy business, The McElhinney Wine Group now advises across all facets of the wine industry from startup ventures, NPD, brand development and channel strategy through to M&A advisory work. Liam is currently working on his second winery design and build venture, a greenfield project in Marlborough’s Wairau Valley, which is due for completion in March 2019.

Liam is a graduate of The Eastern Institute of Technology’s Oenology program, and has worked extensively throughout France, California and Canada. Liam has previously judged at The NZIWS, Liquorland Top 100, The Marlborough Wine Show and The Sydney International Wine Competition.

Liam is Managing Director and Chief Winemaker at The McElhinney Wine Group, a consultancy business founded in 2013 with clients both domestic and international.

Initially started as a winemaking consultancy business, The McElhinney Wine Group now advises across all facets of the wine industry from startup ventures, NPD, brand development and channel strategy through to M&A advisory work. Liam is currently working on his second winery design and build venture, a greenfield project in Marlborough’s Wairau Valley, which is due for completion in March 2019.

Liam is a graduate of The Eastern Institute of Technology’s Oenology program, and has worked extensively throughout France, California and Canada. Liam has previously judged at The NZIWS, Liquorland Top 100, The Marlborough Wine Show and The Sydney International Wine Competition.


James Milton

James Millton has worked all his life in winegrowing and in 1984, together with his wife Annie established Millton Vineyards & Winery in Gisborne.  He is considered one of the global pioneers in the field of biodynamic winegrowing. All wines are produced from estate grown dry farmed fruit and bottled on the property.  He was instrumental in establishing Organic Winegrowers of New Zealand (OWNZ). In 2012 he was awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the organic and wine industries.

Millton are members of the international bio-dynamic winegrowing group La Renaissance des Appellations and the New Zealand collaboration The Family of Twelve.


Jane Cooper

Jane Cooper

Jane Cooper has 25 year experience winemaking in New Zealand and overseas. Her career has taken her to roles throughout New Zealand and to Chile, the Hunter Valley in Australia, and Italy.

In New Zealand, Jane has made wine for a range of producers – beginning in Nelson making wine for Seifried Estate, Te Mania, Kaimira and Richmond Plains, before moving to the Wairarapa where she held the role of General Manager and Chief Winemaker at Matahiwi Estate for more than a decade. Jane currently makes wine for Ohau Wines on the Kapiti Coast as well as under her own Greytown based label, Alexia.

Jane has previously judged at the Royal Easter Show Wine Awards, the New World Wine Awards and the Air New Zealand Wine Awards.


Jeremy Mckenzie

Jeremy McKenzie

As one of New Zealand's leading winemakers and senior judges, Jeremy McKenzie puts his 20 years of winemaking expertise into handcrafting the award winning Isabel Estate wines, while also managing the extensive Pinnacle Drinks NZ portfolio of wine brands for exclusive sale across the Woolworths Group of retail drinks businesses. Prior to joining Isabel Estate, Jeremy gained extensive winemaking experience through industry roles in leading wineries of France, Australia, Canada and the USA. His wines have been recognised through numerous awards and medals including the Champion Wine of Show at the prestigious 2017 Air New Zealand Wine Awards. Jeremy holds a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and a Postgraduate Diploma in Viticulture and Oenology; and Forensic Science and is a recipient of the Royal Humane Society for Bravery.


Kyle Thompson

Kyle Thompson

Kyle is a Senior Winemaker at Saint Clair Family Estate.  After studying food science, Kyle began his working life in the dairy industry in microbiology and sensory evaluation. Kyle has always been passionate about wine, but his interest in the wine industry began in earnest while living overseas. After vintages in Bordeaux and Tuscany, and further winemaking study, he returned to his native land of New Zealand and joined Saint Clair at the beginning of 2006 – just as the new winery was being built. Although a lover of all things wine, he has a particular affinity for judging right here in his homeland as it puts his expertise to the test and allows for a look at the quality and diverse range of New Zealand wines first-hand.


Liz Wheadon

Liz Wheadon

Liz Wheadon has a background in hospitality; initially interested in a career in the culinary area she quickly found herself drawn to wine, which soon became her passion and ultimately her career.  In late 1994, Liz started working for Glengarry Wines, in 2000 she moved from the shop floor and is now General Manager for Glengarry Wines. Liz believes in retail as a valuable rewarding career and is currently on the Board of Retail NZ.

Liz is an experienced taster having judged for Metro Magazine, Gourmet Traveller, Gisborne Wine Awards, Dish Magazine, Air New Zealand wine Awards, Bragato Wine Awards, in London at the International Wine Challenge and this year at the Japan Wine Challenge.


Phil Brodie

Philip Brodie

Phil grew up in Hawke’s Bay, finishing a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Wine Science before starting his winemaking career.

He joined the Te Mata Estate team in 1992, as the new generation of the pioneering Hawke’s Bay Winemakers Club, and has since undertaken vintage experiences at Clos des Lombrays , Burgundy and Chateau Margaux , Bordeaux.

26 years into the role now, Phil is responsible for overseeing the many aspects of wine production and vintage management at Te Mata – a complex job with the estate-run producer batch fermenting, then ageing, all their Hawke’s Bay fruit in the winery’s nineteenth-century buildings, then bottling everything on site.

A love of good food and good wine – from Burgundian pinot to age-worthy Bordeaux and Hawke’s Bay cabernets – has flavoured Phil’s life. A Senior Wine Judge (at both the Air New Zealand Wine Awards and NZ International Wine Show) he remains an enthusiastic and energetic wine-junky, living on Napier’s Westshore, or the Hawke’s Bay Rivieria as he likes to call it, with his patient and lovely wife Leanne.


Associate Judges

Chloe Somerset

Chloe Somerset

With 16 vintages under her belt, Chloe’s experience in the winery spans continents, including Canada, United States, Greece, France, Australia and New Zealand. After completing her first vintage at Sacred Hill in Hawkes Bay, Chloe embarked upon a quest to gain international experience in boutique vineyards where wine quality was inspiring, and commitment to caring for their land was paramount. In 2013, Chloe returned to New Zealand to join Cable Bay Vineyards.

As Winemaker at Cable Bay, Chloe’s passion lies in the evocative power of wine to capture a memory and to tell the story of its origin. Her approach to making wine is to nurture its true personality, revealing the complete journey from grape to glass, and boldly bottling the terroir’s thumbprint to make it distinctively expressive.


Francis Hutt

Francis Hutt

The art of winegrowing in an Organic and Biodynamic direction is a movement with serious muscle in New Zealand, and Francis Hutt is an absolute shining light in that regard.  Having been a member of the NZ Biodynamic Association for the last decade and immersing himself in workshops held across the world on a regular basis, Hutt’s philosophy on winemaking and life is “Listen, Observe, Translate”. 

It’s a philosophy which has earned the wines he creates at Carrick in Central Otago, a swag of awards since he became the youngest chief winemaker in the district back in 2011.

Prior to that, Hutt trained at Lincoln University before a 7-year immersion in pinot noir working at Martinborough Vineyards, followed by further vintages in Burgundy, Oregon, Australia and England.  He oversees the winemaking at both Carrick and its sister vineyard Kennedy Point on Waiheke Island, is an Otago-MBA and has recently taken over from Steve Green as general Manager of Carrick wines Ltd.

In his spare time he’s a snow-chaser and mountain bike racer…


Greg Lane

Greg Lane

Greg grew up in Adelaide, South Australia into a wine loving family. Pruning vineyards in school holidays, and raiding his grandpa’s cellar turned into a passion for wine. After graduating as Dux of the Oenology degree at Adelaide University, Greg took off to do vintages around Australia, Italy, USA, France and a two in New Zealand at Peregrine and Wither Hills.

Returning to South Australia in 2013, Greg took up a winemaking role at renowned producer Shaw and Smith in the Adelaide Hills, making wines from SA and Tasmania under the Tolpuddle brand. Realising his goal to return to the pure, cool climate wines of New Zealand, Greg took up a role as winemaker for Foley Family Wines, based at Grove Mill in Marlborough in 2017.


Jannine Rickards

Jannine Rickards

After several years working in hospitality, which led to an insatiable appetite for food and wine, Jannine Rickards worked her first harvest in Hawkes Bay in 2003.  From there she was hooked on the wine industry and spent a couple of years working in different aspects of the wine business.

Jannine has gained international experience in Burgundy, Napa, Oregon, South Africa and Champagne, Beaujolais and the Adelaide Hills.  She completed her Graduate Diploma of Oenology while working for the distinguished Ata Rangi in Martinborough.   Three years in North Canterbury at Pegasus Bay managing the team of winemakers brought strong leadership skills to her portfolio.

In 2017 she found herself back in the Wairarapa/ Wellington Wine Country where she now makes the wines at Urlar in the Gladstone sub region.

Jannine grew up on a large sheep and beef farm overlooking the Coromandel Peninsula.  A hard working kiwi girl who enjoys the outdoors and when not making wine can be found hiking, hunting, diving or in the kitchen preserving, curing or just cooking up a storm.


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Lauren Swift

Lauren Swift

Even though she grew up in the middle of Marlborough’s wine country, it took a while for Lauren to decide she wanted to pursue a career in the industry. Her parents had an apple orchard in the Awatere Valley, but in 2003 they decided to pull it out and plant sauvignon blanc grapes instead, and she spent her summers working in the vineyards.

Lauren worked at various wineries in Marlborough, including Clos Henri and Oyster Bay, before heading to the Hawke’s Bay to study a Bachelor of Wine Science and Diploma of Wine Marketing at the Eastern Institute of Technology.

Lauren joined Ash Ridge Winery after graduating in late 2012 and had only been there a few months when she was asked to help build a new winery – and to become the head winemaker. From that point onwards she’s been responsible for nearly every step in the process.  

After the 2013 harvest was in, Lauren headed to California to soak up as much experience as she could. This experience paid off, as Lauren was named New Zealand’s Young Winemaker of the Year in 2015 following a three-day contest that pitted her against the winners of regional contests in central Otago and Marlborough.

Following the Young Winemaker win, she headed to France for a six-week working holiday in the Rhone region. Long-term, she’s keen to stay in the industry and find new ways to use her skills, with ambitions to be a consultant, or have a few of her own brands.


Matt Kirby

Matt Kirby

I’m an Australian that moved across the ditch in 2015 with his my  young family to take up the winemaking role at Clearview Estate in Hawke’s Bay. The lure of Hawke’s Bay with its abundant sunshine, good surf and friendly people was too good to pass up. The wines of Hawkes Bay are world class and the unique patch of dirt that Clearview Estate is situated on has been a pleasure to make wine from.

Before embarking on a career in wine I originally studied marine biology, and I am also a qualified Chef. Once I decided to pursue my love of wine, I studied at Latrobe in Melbourne and had a little vineyard in the Yarra Valley producing Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir.

I have worked in many countries during my winemaking career, including Australia, China, France (Burgundy), Austria, the United States and now here in New Zealand. I have developed a real passion for the wines of the world, and have judging experience at The Adelaide Hills, Barossa, Clare Valley, and Royal Adelaide shows, as well as the Air New Zealand wine awards.


Murray Cook

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With Australian DNA and a New Zealand accent, Murray began working in the vineyards of Central Otago during the winter of 2003 while pursuing his other interest, snow sports. It was those frigid temperatures that his interest in wine as a career was solidified. From there, it was off to the Australia’s Yarra Valley where he worked in the winery at Yering Station for 5 years whilst studying winemaking at Charles Sturt University. It was during this time at Yering Station that he was able to work abroad in Champagne and Burgundy. In 2008 he moved to Marlborough, to work as a winemaker at Villa Maria Estate before joining Dog Point Vineyard in late 2013.


Pierre Vienings

Pierre Vienings

Originally from South Africa Pierre completed his Bachelor degree in winemaking from the University of Stellenbosch. He began his winemaking career in 2005 in South Africa and did vintages in France and New Zealand, before moving to NZ permanently in 2011, to join the team at Wairau River Wines as a winemaker.

Pierre is currently the winemaker at The Coterie in Marlborough. Pierre loves all things wine and loved being involved in judging as an Associate judge at the Marlborough Wine Show in 2016 & 2017.


Sophie Harris

Sophie Harris

Growing up in Hawke’s Bay Sophie was introduced to the wine industry at an early age after her Mother completed one of the first Viticulture Degrees offered at EIT.

Sophie worked vintages in Marlborough and Hawke’s Bay before starting at EIT in 2009 and, while studying, she worked at Corner 50 and Craggy Range. Sophie completed her Bachelor of Wine Science in 2012 and spent the next three years travelling around NZ, Australia, USA, South Africa and Italy completing vintages. Sophie started with Rod McDonald at Te Awanga Estate at the end of 2015.


Vanessa Robson

Vanessa Robson

Vanessa is winemaker for Maude Wines in Wanaka, Central Otago.  Originally from Adelaide, she spent her family holidays visiting various wine regions and as a result an interest in the industry was sparked from a young age. 

She completed an Honours Degree in Oenology at the University of Adelaide, graduating dux of her year.  After a few years winemaking in Australia, with a strong focus and love of Clare Valley Riesling, she jetted off to complete vintages in America, Italy and Germany.

Vanessa finally made it to New Zealand shores in 2013 to work vintage at Maude Wines, progressing into a winemaking role the following year. She feels fortunate enough to be able to combine her love for making cool climate aromatics and Pinot Noirs, with her enjoyment of the outdoors and all things Wanaka life has to offer.


Stewards

Mark Compton
Michelle Little
Janet Blackman
Ben Jones
Ric Little
Nigel Cottle
Michael Turner
Richard Tollenaar
Renee Dale
Veronica Williams|
Amy Farnsworth
Sam Dunleavy
Paul Yallop
John Shearlock
Emma Marris
Adam Yukish
Damien Ryder


Competition Coordinator

Shona White

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