The AWAC judging panel comprises a range of experienced professionals with extensive expertise in the area of wine show judging and wine sensory assessment. Each judge, rates all of the applications based on set criteria, and ranks the applicants based on their opinion of their suitability for the scholarship.
|Associate Professor Sue Bastian
Sue is a researcher and lecturer in oenology and sensory studies and manager of the Sensory Research Facility at the University of Adelaide.
Sue conducts industry sensory training and has completed the AWRI advanced wine assessment course, judged at a number of Australian wine shows and has a small wine making business in the Adelaide Hills.
|Sue Bell – Bellwether Wine, South Australia
Sue is the Winemaker and Director of Bellwether, a small brand based in Coonawarra, making Coonawarra Cabernet, Tasmanian Chardonnay and other wines from Wrattonbully, Heathcote and the Riverland. Sue was part of the original ASVO wine show committee, she is active judge in the Australian wine show circuit at both regional and capital city shows and judged overseas. Sue started the Limestone Coast wine show and is a past chair of the Limestone Coast Grape and wine Council. Sue supports the training of future wine show judges via the AWRI AWAC course.
|Corrina Wright – South Australia
Described by WBM Magazine as a “legend in the making” and by James Halliday as being part of a “remarkable dynasty” Corrina is the Director and Winemaker (and sixth generation member) of her family’s label, Oliver’s Taranga.
She has collected a display case full of awards that would make even the most celebrated winemaker blush. She graduated from the prestigious Len Evans Tutorial in 2005, and continues to judge at numerous wine shows around Australia. Passionate about her home, her vocation and local community she has also served on the Boards of the McLaren Vale Grape, Wine & Tourism Association and the Australian Society of Viticulture & Oenology. She is currently representing the Small Winemakers on the Winemakers Federation of Australia Board, as well as being part of Australian Women in Wine Awards and Family Business Australia advisory boards. Corrina is a surf and beer widow, proud mum of two and really loves eating pig.
|Nick Bulleid M.W. – Consultant, New South Wales
Nick is an independent wine industry consultant, providing assistance with winemaking, blending, quality assessment and valuation and marketing. He has worked with grape-grower and winemaking organisations to assist them in improving their wine production and marketing methods. Nick became the third Master of Wine in Australia, passing the examination at first attempt in 1992. He has judged at most capital city wine shows in Australia and New Zealand, many regional shows and the International Wine Challenge, London. He chaired the New South Wales Wine Awards from 2001 to 2003, the Qantas Wine Show of Western Australia from 2011 to 2013 and currently chairs the Victorian Wines Show.
|Mark O’Callaghan – Consultant,Victoria
Mark joined Wine Network Consulting (WNC) as a Director and Consultant in 2013 after two years working independently. He works on projects across Australia and around the world including China and England.
Prior to this, Mark spent fourteen years with Accolade Wines (formerly BRL Hardy), including eight years as Senior Winemaker and Winery Manager for Yarra Burn. In addition to the Yarra Valley during that period, Mark made wines in McLaren Vale, Heathcote, Great Western and the Pyrenees, plus vintages in Austria and Sicily.
Mark is President of the Yarra Valley Wine Growers’ Association, a regular wine show judge at both capital city and regional shows, member of the Victorian Pinot Noir Workshop Committee and former Chair of the Committee for the Yarra Valley Wine Show and James Halliday Chardonnay Challenge. He was also a Scholar at the 2007 Len Evans Tutorial.
Mark holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Wine Science) from Charles Sturt University and a Bachelor of Science from Monash University. In his spare time, works on his MBA, is learning Chinese, plays guitar in a wine industry rock band and runs his own small wine label.
|Jeremy Dineen – Josef Chromy Wines, Tasmania
Jeremy Dineen, Chief Winemaker brings to the establishment extensive wine industry experience having completed numerous vintagesin Western Australia, McLaren Vale, Central Victoria and Tasmania. His intimate knowledge of Tasmanian viticulture and of the complexities associated with contract winemaking was attained during 5 vintages at Hood Wines with as many as 38 vineyards under his care.