2017 General Election Candidates

 

Keith A Bown

Chris Brodie

Dr Michael Considine

Matt Holdstock (current Society Secretary)

Brooke Howell

Dr Mardi Longbottom (current Society President)

Mark O’Callaghan

Dr Anthony Robinson  (current Society Vice President)

 


Keith A Bown

Present and past employment and experience

Keith Bown B.App.Sci.(Oen) Graduate of Roseworthy Agricultural College in 1989.

Extensive winemaking, viticulture and executive management experience in Australia and overseas over a 27 year period. Upon graduating from Roseworthy, Keith honed his practical and technical skills, with hands on experience from vineyard to bottle, working initially at Primo Estates SA, then spending several years doing vintages across the world, including Australia, USA, UK and New Zealand. In the past 12 years Keith has held senior executive roles in Australia for Zilzie Wines and most recently as V.P. Viticulture & Winemaking (Chief Winemaker) at Constellation Brands Canada.

At Constellation his role included participation with the Canadian executive leadership team on company strategic direction, as well as all technical wine production aspects from vineyard management and winemaking, leadership direction and vintage planning at all Commercial and Estate facilities in three Canadian provinces. Further in Canada Keith held a Director role with the appellation authority, the Vintners Quality Alliance Ontario (VQAO) from July 2009 to June 2015. (165)

Society interest

A professional member of the ASVO since 1997 Keith believes the active exchange of technical wine and viticulture information is key to the ongoing success of the Australian wine industry. Now retired he would like the opportunity to give back to the industry, bringing range of skills, including viticulture, winemaking, management, innovation and technical conference leadership.


Chris Brodie

Present and past employment and experience

  • 2000- present General manager – vineyards, Wingara Wine Group, Katnook Estate, Coonawarra
  • 1997 – 2000 Technical manager – Wingara Wine Group, Deakin Estate, Mildura.
  • 1991 – 1997 Asst orchard manager, orchard manager, technical & area manager. Applefields Ltd, Christchurch NZ
  • 1988 – 1991 Kiwifruit & avocados, Tauranga, NZ
  • 1988 B Hort, Massey University, NZ

Experience, 20 years growing wine grapes in Australia, previously growing fresh fruit (mainly for export markets) in NZ Wine industry groups including,
Coonawarra Vignerons, 2015 – present, viticulture & oenology committee.
Coonawarra Grapegrowers assn, 2001 – 2015, fostering innovation, protecting Coonawarra environment and grower members interests, involvement in local water allocation planning, pulp mill & Penola bypass issues.
South Australian Wine Industry Association, executive 2006-2011
AWRI agrochemical reference group, 1999-present
Experience in these roles has been focused on growing high quality fruit & winegrapes profitably & sustainably. This has involved looking for innovative ways of improving quality and efficiency.

Society interest

My first day at work in Australia was to attend the 1997 seminar in Mildura, since then I have had huge benefit from the ASVO and the general open culture of the Australian wine industry. I think it is now time for me to give back by encouraging others to benefit from and contribute to the ASVO.


Dr Michael Considine

Present and past employment and experience

Dr Considine has been leading national research projects on the physiology and genomics of wine and table grapes for over 10 years. He holds a jointly funded position between the University of Western Australia and Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development. Prior to this he did his postdoctorate at Oxford University before returning Australia as a development officer with the Department of Agriculture and Food WA. He is a theme leader in the UWA Institute of Agriculture and has sat on the Wines of WA Technical Committee for five years. He cites his knowledge, passion and track-record for industry-driven strategic research as a major strength for his contribution to the ASVO Board.

Society interest

Dr Considine has been a member of the ASVO for over ten years. He is primarily a scientist but driven by industry needs, particularly vine management and environmental response, and fruit quality. He is a solid contributor to scientific networks but would like to expand the breadth of connection to industry, particularly at the national level.


Matt Holdstock
(current Society Secretary)

Present and past employment and experience

Matt is a Senior Oenologist in the Industry Development and Support Group at the Australian Wine Research Institute. He graduated from Flinders University in 1996 with a BSc majoring in chemistry, and commenced at the AWRI in the Commercial Services laboratory the same year. Matt completed a postgraduate degree in oenology in 2003 at the University of Adelaide. He has worked vintages in Sonoma Valley in 2003 and Bordeaux in 2006. Matt has judged at several Australian wine shows, and participates in tastings for the AWRI’s sensory panel, the Advanced Wine Assessment Course, Winestate Magazine and Wine Australia’s Export Approval panel (2009-2012). Matt has also lectured at the University of Adelaide, Wine Australia, WSET, the Institute of Masters of Wine and the Interwinery Analysis Group. In his current role, Matt provides technical advice to winemakers on a daily basis to help solve production issues and provide support for best practice wine production. Matt is also involved with research projects on Brettanomyces, wine packaging, wine flavours, taints and faults.

Society interest

Matt has extensive technical winemaking knowledge and wide industry networks. His daily contact with wineries and participation in extension activities across Australia’s wine regions will serve the society well. Matt has chaired the Awards and Wine show subcommittees and worked hard on the Adelaide seminar committee.


Brooke Howell

Present and past employment and experience

Brooke is the Viticulturist and Technical Manager at Yalumba Family Vignerons based in the Barossa Valley. She oversees trial work and technical management of company-owned vineyards across approximately 800Ha in 3 regions of South Australia.

Brooke completed study at the University of Adelaide including a Bachelor of Viticulture in 2009 and a Bachelor of Honours (Viticulture) in 2010. Following this Brooke began working for Yalumba in December 2010, a family owned wine company since 1849. Brooke’s experience in viticulture ranges from cool climate premium grape growing to a more warm climate commercial scale. Some of her main trial work has focused on organic and biodynamic production along with different methods for adaptation to climate change.

Brooke is an active member of the Barossa Viticulture Technical Group which involves disseminating technical information to growers and assisting with regional trials along with judging at the South Australian pruning competition. Brooke has also completed the Barossa Next Crop program, a leadership program for the next generation within the region.

Society interest

As a younger member of the industry Brooke is keen to ensure the future of the society is sustainable and believes the next generation have a vital role to play in providing a different perspective. Research and development and its adoption play an important role in ensuring that the industry remains relevant.


Dr Mardi Longbottom
(current Society President)

Present and past employment and experience

Dr Mardi Longbottom joined the ASVO Board in 2014 and has served as its President since 2015. She is also a member of the independent Board of Australian Vignerons the peak body for Australia’s winegrape growers and brand owners.

Mardi has significant practical and professional experience in the wine industry having started her career in viticulture in the early 1990s when she helped to establish her family’s vineyards in the Limestone Coast. She has undergraduate and post-graduate qualifications in viticulture from the University of Adelaide and has extensive technical and vineyard management experience in Australia and the USA. Mardi also spent six years teaching at the University of Adelaide and is currently a Senior Viticulturist at the Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI). This current role includes the management of Australia’s sustainability program, Entwine Australia, biosecurity responsibilities, extension and technical support to the AWRI Helpdesk.

In 2013 Mardi received a scholarship to complete the AICD Company Directors’ Course and she is a graduate of the Governor’s Leadership Foundation Program.

Society interest

Mardi has been an ASVO member since 1995 and is particularly interested in continuing her work to promote the advancement of professional knowledge and skills of members of the Society especially through the delivery of technical seminars, the Journal of Grape and Wine Research and the ASVO Awards for Excellence.


Mark O’Callaghan

Present and past employment and experience

Over 20 years in wine.

2013-current: Wine Network Consulting – Senior Consultant & Director, working with clients across Australia, plus China and England.
2011-2013: Worked as independent consultant after leaving Accolade
1997-2011: Accolade Wines. Later years as Senior Winemaker and Winery Manager for Yarra Burn. Early years as junior winemaker in McLaren Vale, including work Canberra, Heathcote, Great Western and the Pyrenees, plus vintages in Austria and Sicily.

Other: Just completed 3 year term as President, Yarra Valley Wine Growers’ Association. Committee member Victorian Pinot Noir Workshop. Former Chair of Yarra Valley Wine Show and Chardonnay Challenge Committee. Active and experienced wine show judge. Len Evans Tutorial Scholar. Occasional author of journal articles.

Education: Grad Dip Business Administration (Deakin), B.App.Sc. (Wine Science) (CSU), B.Sc (Monash)

Society interest

Member for several years. Regular AWITC delegate. Occasional presenter at ASVO seminars – winery design, process flow, energy efficiency. Professional background mostly winemaking operations. Recent years much more diverse through consulting work. Mostly technical/production advice but includes legal cases and business advice. World of wine has been very good to me and feel duty to reciprocate.


Dr Anthony Robinson
(current Society Vice President)

Present and past employment and experience

Tony is the Grape and Wine Innovation Strategist for Treasury Wine Estates based in the Barossa Valley. He started his career in 2000 and has worked in a range of roles from retail and research to viticultural management and winemaking. Tony is the current ASVO Vice President and has been a member since 2004.

Tony has a BSc in Horticulture, Viticulture and Oenology and a PhD in Science (Oenology). His research results have been published in peer reviewed journals and presented at technical conferences in Germany, France, USA and Australia. More recently he was part of the 2017 Wine Australia Future Leaders Program.

Tony is a Director of the AWITC and was involved in the 16th AWITC as a member of the planning committee, program sub-committee, workshop sub-committee, and as a Session Chair. He has also participated in 43 wine shows since 2002 in either an organisational or judging capacity and was a co-author of the 2015 ASVO Wine Show Best Practice Recommendations.

Society interest

Tony has been involved in organising the ASVO Adelaide seminars in 2014, 2015, and 2017 and has been Chair of the Journal Advisory Committee from 2016 to 2017. He brings research, viticultural, winemaking, and wine show experience to the ASVO board. Tony hopes to continue to make valuable contributions to ASVO technical seminars, the Journal, and Wine Show sub-committee.