Sophie is a sustainability consultant, Landcare Australia Ambassador and the granddaughter of the late former Prime Minister, Bob Hawke. Sophie is passionate about making the world a better and more sustainable place. Sophie will challenge you to think differently about how you work and inspire you to innovate and find new ways of working for better practice and a more sustainable and exciting future.
Colin Bell is director, business manager and viticulturist at AHA Viticulture based in Western Australia. Bell brings more than twenty years’ experience to assisting his clients with all facets of grape production, financial management, marketing fruit and wine brand development.
Louisa grew up in Melbourne and completed a Science degree in physics at the University of Melbourne before relocating to South Australia to study winemaking at Adelaide University’s Roseworthy Campus, graduating as dux in 1993.
Tony Battaglene is the Chief Executive of Australian Grape and Wine Incorporated (Australian Grape & Wine). Australian Grape & Wine is Australia’s national association of grape and wine producers, representing their interests at the national and international level. Australian Grape & Wine was incorporated on 1 February 2019 after Winemaker’s Federation of Australia (WFA) and Wine Grape Growers Australia merged to form a single representative body. Prior to taking on the Chief Executive role at Australian Grape and Wine, Tony Battaglene was Chief Executive of WFA.
Eric Wilkes, AWRI
Eric has worked in the beverage industry since completing his PhD in chemistry at the University of Newcastle in 1997, where he held both teaching and technical positions. Initially spending four years based in the Hunter Valley with the then independent Rosemount Estates he moved to SA in 2001 to take up the role of Group Chemist with the Foster’s Wine Group based at the Wolf Blass Winery in the Barossa Valley. In 2007 he accepted the role of Global Manager Analytical Services with the Foster’s Group overseeing the integration and alignment of testing and technical services across their whole beverage portfolio on three continents. In 2010 he joined P&N Beverages in Sydney as National Technical Manager with responsibility for new product development, product QA, customer feedback and product compliance before returning to the wine industry in 2011 as the Research Manager for the Industry Applications Group of AWRI.
Shannon Sutherland, Rymill, Coonawarra
Shannon joined Rymill Coonawarra as Winemaker & General Manager in 2018. He is shaking things up in Coonawarra with his alternates range, focussing on sustainability, and creating contemporary classic wines. Before shifting to Coonawarra Shannon worked in the Napa Valley, Beaujolais, Canada, the Hunter Valley, Great Western and Marlborough regions.
Alex is the Winery Operations Manager at RedHeads based in the Barossa Valley. He is a member of the AHWR Executive committee and Chair of the AHWR Grape and Environment committee. He is an enthusiastic and motivated winemaker with extensive knowledge of premium and commercial winemaking production, management and operations. He has international industry experience having worked in California, France and Germany, and as well as local experience as the Head Winemaker at Nepenthe and a Senior Red Winemaker at Pernod Ricard. He has recently completed the building of the new RedHeads winery - a premium winery site focused on sustainability and renewable energy.
Dorota Clausen, Pernod Ricard Winemakers
Dorota Clausen is the Sustainability Manager Australia for Pernod Ricard Winemakers, she was born in Poland and raised in Adelaide. Dorota holds a Bachelor of Science with Honours, majoring in Microbiology and Biochemistry.
Dorota’s career commenced in 1993 working as the Quality Assurance Manager for Standom Smallgoods. In 1995, she moved to Chr. Hansen as a Quality Food Technician where she managed the quality of food cultures, enzymes and natural colours.
Dorota joined Orlando Wines (now Pernod Ricard Winemakers) in 1999 as a Laboratory Technician, and held a variety of Quality/Compliance positions until 2010, when she was promoted to her current role, Sustainability Manager. In this role, she is responsible for the establishment of various systems, focussed on Quality, Food Safety, Safety, Environment and Injury management across the Australian business. She is based at the Rowland Flat winery in the Barossa Valley.
Dorota’s key competencies include risk management, continuous improvement and team development through constructive leadership styles.
Dorota is a life member of the South Australian Governor’s Leadership Foundation Alumni, an executive member of the Self-Insurers of South Australia and a member of the South Australian Wine Industry Association Environment Committee.
Michael Pecar is a qualified chemical engineer with over 30 years’ experience in the food and beverage industry. An experienced process and project engineer, Michael has spent considerable time overseeing utility reduction programs including working within the wine industry. During his time working in the brewing industry, Michael has installed and optimised CO2 recovery plants across multiple sites. He brings a wealth of practical experience of the options available within wineries for CO2 recovery.
Bec Harris, University of Tasmania
Dr Harris is a Senior Lecturer in Climatology, Director of the Climate Futures team at The University of Tasmania and a Lead Author on the IPCC’s Sixth Assessment Report, contributing to the Working Group II Chapter on Terrestrial and Freshwater Ecosystems. Her research integrates climate science with ecological and social research to contribute to management decisions that are necessary to adapt to climate change impacts. Recently, her work has focussed on the impact of climate variability and extreme events on natural ecosystems and the adaptability of species and humans to change. This research has been applied to conservation management, emergency services (bushfire preparedness), agriculture (biosecurity, viticulture) and adaptation across industry.
She was the lead researcher on the project “Australia’s wine future: Adapting to short-term climate variability and long-term climate change”, which was funded by Wine Australia to develop tools for Australia’s grape-growers to manage emerging weather and climate risks.
Peter Hayman, SARDI
Dr Peter Hayman is the Principal Scientist in Climate Applications at the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI), a position he has held since 2004. He has over 25 years’ experience applying the advances of climate science to farming systems and describes himself as an agricultural scientist who likes talking about the weather. In 2014 he was made Fellow of Australian Institute of Agricultural Science and in 2019 Affiliate Associate Professor, School of Agriculture Food and Wine, the University of Adelaide. He is a contributing author to the current IPCC chapter on climate change impacts and adaptation in Australasia
Wendy Cameron is an experienced winemaker having worked with the Brown Family Wine Group for many years, where she was responsible for the production of their large range of innovative, varietal wines and their vineyard holdings in both Victoria and Tasmania.
Peter Bird, Casella
Peter is the SA Agriculture Manager for Casella Management Pty Ltd. Peter oversees 3,800 hectares of Casella vines across every SA wine region as well as 90 hectares of his own vines in Wrattonbully.
Ashley commenced his professional career in private practice as a Doctor of Chiropractic. Almost by accident, during what was supposed to be a short stint helping out in his wife’s family vineyard, a passion was sparked that has evolved into a rewarding career in viticulture and agribusiness. From the family based operation Ashley went on to develop and oversee a large premium operation in Western Australia. From there he accepted the opportunity to move to South Australia and take on the Chief Viticulturist role for FABAL Operations. In 2012, after 13 years with the company in evolving executive roles, Ashley took over as the Chief Executive Officer for FABAL Operations. FABAL Operations is one of Australia’s larger vineyard / agricultural management groups including 1800 hectares of vineyards, spread over 20 sites throughout the key grape growing regions across Australia. In addition to viticulture, Ashley has experience in large scale horticultural operations including cherry, stonefruit, strawberry and mango production.
Dr Paul Petrie is a Viticulture Scientist in a joint appointment between the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) and The Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI).
Liz Riley is an independent viticulturist consultant based in the Hunter Valley, NSW. She has 25 years of experience in the wine industry and works primarily in NSW/ACT Regions with some national projects also in her portfolio. Liz is a Roseworthy graduate, Australian Nuffield Scholar and was the ASVO’s Viticulturist of the Year in 2017. She is current a specialist qualifications director for the Australian Wine Research Institute, the Chair of R&D/VP for the NSW Wine Industry Association and has recently been appointed to the National Wine Biosecurity Committee. Liz likes to drink Riesling and explores alternative varieties.
Dr Luck is the program director of the national Plant Biosecurity Research Initiative (PBRI. Dr Luck is a renowned Australian scientist with more than 25 years’ experience in plant disease, biosecurity and microbiology.
Anna Hooper, AGW
Anna Hooper is Manager of Industry Policy with Australian Grape and Wine the national association of Australia’s winegrape growers and wine producers. Biosecurity is recognised as a key priority area. Anna has 20 years of experience in the grape and wine sector, originally in vineyard management and winemaking both in Australia and overseas. As a former director of Vinehealth Australia, and Chief Executive Officer of Australian Vignerons, she gained knowledge and skills across the biosecurity continuum relating to both state and national programs, processes and regulations.
Markus Herderich, AWRI
Markus’ interest in smoke taint in grapes and wine goes back to the 2003 Australian Alps bushfires. He is a ‘Lebensmittelchemiker’ and has a PhD in Food Chemistry from the University of Würzburg, Germany. His current research covers aroma chemistry, biological chemistry and natural products chemistry, analytical chemistry and metabolomics; all with the aim of identifying compounds which provide unique sensory attributes to wine or are markers for quality and authenticity.
Markus is the Group Manager - Research of The Australian Wine Research Institute. In addition he is President of the Subcommission for Analytical Methods at the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV); Affiliate Professor at the University of Adelaide in the School of Agriculture, Food and Wine; Member of the Executive Management Group of Metabolomics Australia; Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Director of the Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference.
Kerry Wilkinson is a Professor of Oenology in the School of Agriculture, Food and Wine at the University of Adelaide – a role which enables her to combine her passion for both wine education and wine research. Her primary research interests concern the influence of environmental conditions, vineyard management practices and winemaking techniques on the composition, sensory properties and consumer acceptance of wine – but she is best known for her research on the impacts grapevine exposure to bushfire smoke.
Professor Ian Porter, La Trobe University
Research Professor at La Trobe University and former Director of the Centre for Expertise in Smoke Taint Research with the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions evaluating the effects of smoke on the development of smoke taint in wine.
Dr Fabienne Reisen, CSIRO
Dr Reisen is a principal atmospheric research scientist in the Climate Science Centre of CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere who specialises in biomass burning emissions. Her research investigates the chemical composition of smoke plumes and how these impact air quality and public health.
Julie Culbert, AWRI
Dr Julie Culbert graduated with a PhD in synthetic organic chemistry from the University of Adelaide in 2005. Since then she has worked as an analytical research chemist in both the wine and water sectors, firstly working with food and wine consultancy company Provisor before working in water quality research at SA Water. Julie worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Adelaide on the Wine Australia-funded project entitled ‘Objective measures of Australian sparkling wine style and quality’ before joining the Australian Wine Research Institute in late 2016. She is currently working as a Research Scientist in smoke taint research and recently completed work on the rural R&D for profit smoke taint mitigation project.
Angus is an experienced senior wine industry executive with expertise in marketing, communications, sales and financial management both in Australia and UK/ Europe. His experience in the industry has been extensive both domestic and international and is grounded in professional wine accreditation. He has been responsible for global strategy, local market execution and brand homes during his career.
Angus is the Executive Officer of the NSW Wine Industry Association. Highlights of this role include initiating and implementing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the NSW government, NSW wine industry and related parties. This role has a heavy communication focus both within the wine industry and across the State Government and covers areas such as: Export, Trade, Research & Development as well as Tourism.
Angus currently serves as the Vice-Chair of the Wine Communicators of Australia, which is a national body of over 500 members, whose role is the be the pre-eminent body for professionals working in wine (and was previously the Chair for a period of 5 years). Angus also represents the wine industry on the Wine Committee for the RAS Sydney.
Previously, Angus had nearly 15 years’ experience with Pernod Ricard Winemakers across a wide variety of strategy, sales and marketing roles, most recently as the Global Brand Communications and Heritage Director.Angus has a WSET Diploma and was a graduate of the Australian Wine Industries first ‘Future Leaders’ program.
Sandra E. Taylor
Sandra is an internationally recognized expert in sustainability, corporate social responsibility (CSR) and diversity in business. She is CEO of Sustainable Business International LLC, a consulting firm she founded to assist corporations at all stages of CSR and environmental compliance.
James is an experienced environmental economist having worked in UK government and international consulting firms and Australia’s largest irrigation company providing advice on water resources and carbon market economics, environmental policy and natural resource risk management.
Hayley is a proud fifth generation of one of the oldest wine-making families and carbon neutral wineries in Australia. With a background in DTC Marketing and Agriculture she is turning the historic Tahbilk vineyard into one of the most environmentally friendly in the country.Outside of the winery Hayley lives in Deniliquin and is an advocate for growing strong agricultural industries and thriving rural communities. In 2015 she founded social enterprise Big Sky Ideas to champion entrepreneurial spirit in rural Australia.In 2017 she was a Finalist of both the Regional Australia Institute Light Bulb Moments Competition and NSW/ACT Agrifutures Rural Woman of the Year. In 2019 she graduated from the Wine Australia Future Leaders Program.Hayley is a member of the Australian Grape & Wine Sustainability Advisory Committee.
In early 2015, Jennifer was appointed as the Executive General Manager of the McLaren Vale Grape Wine & Tourism Association – the peak body representing more than 550 businesses and over AU$500m in farm-gate value – encompassing all grape-growers, winemakers and tourism providers in one of Australia’s most valuable wine tourism regions – McLaren Vale, South Australia.
With experience spanning more than 18 years in Australia and New Zealand’s dynamic grape, wine and tourism industries, Jennifer uses a deep understanding of sector opportunities and pressures to consider future industry changes ahead of time, including topical and pertinent factors such as policy change and sustainability.
Focusing on the future of our industry and key issues such as policy change and sustainability, Jennifer co-led Australia’s first national sustainability program for producers, Sustainable Winegrowing Australia with national industry partners Wine Australia, Australian Wine Research Institute and Australian Grape & Wine Incorporated over two years of consultation and negotiation amid marketplace evolution.
Jennifer’s education and experience is strongly founded in strategic analysis, business management, marketing and communications with tertiary qualifications from University of Adelaide, INSSEC Bordeaux and the Wine and Spirit Education Trust. Jennifer is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Geoff Krieger joined Brokenwood Wines as their first General Manager in 2004. With over 30 years’ experience in the wine industry, Geoff oversees all facets of production, marketing, cellar door and domestic sales, and is actively involved in building export distribution and sales globally.
Rodney Sammut, Wine Intelligence
Rodney Sammut is a seasoned wine insights and wine marketing specialist and has a deep understanding of what makes consumers tick when it comes to their wine choices; from the grape to the wine glass and everything in between. He is currently Country Manager for Wine Intelligence in Australia and New Zealand and has 20 plus years of experience in the world of wine having previously held senior positions across insights and marketing in Endeavour Drinks Group, Southcorp, Fosters and McWilliams Wines. As well as his passion for wine, Rodney is also a fanatic of chilli and hot sauce and he is the founder of Australia’s only Hot Sauce Subscription Club called ChilliBOM.
Cath Oates, Oates Ends
Cath’s international winemaking career began after studying business/viticulture at Curtin University followed by oenology at University of Adelaide. Senior industry roles have included Group Winemaker at Mud House Wine Group (NZ) and Chief Winemaker at Plantagenet Estate and she has also worked as a flying winemaker in Italy and USA. She left sensible full-time employment in 2015 to focus on making Oates Ends, her single vineyard wines from the intergenerational farming property in Margaret River and run her consulting business.
Jing Cao is the Managing Director of CLCA, an Adelaide-based consulting company. Jing is an expert in
Marcus Ihre is Sustainability Manager at Systembolaget, with focus on environmental aspects in the supply chain. Systembolaget is a Swedish state-owned chain of shops that have exclusive rights to sell alcoholic beverages.
Rob has worked in viticulture since the mid nineteen nineties. Initially in the Strathbogie Ranges of North East Victoria before moving to the Yarra Valley in 2004. Joining the De Bortoli family company in 2005, he has been managing their Yarra Valley vineyards since 2008. His qualifications include an Accounting Bachelor of Business degree from Swinburne University, and a Viticulture degree with honours from Charles Sturt University.
Dave Hansen, Hansen Consulting Group
David Hansen is the Principal and Founder of Hansen Consulting Group. He has over 25 years’ experience in viticulture and extensive experience in business management.
David began his career conducting research in vineyard soil and water management. His pursuit to understand sustainable soil management and its effect on vine performance led him to managing vineyards across many regions of Australia. This has included large corporate vineyards to small boutique family owned vineyards. In doing so he has been able to put his sustainable soil & water management theory into practice; improving fruit quality and quantity, growing with less inputs and using less water.
David has applied his scientific approach to both the vineyard and business. His role as Manager of Operational Excellence saw him responsible for the introduction of Continuous Improvement principles and practice across Treasury Wine Estates’ Vineyards, Australia & New Zealand.
While he travels far and wide to support the industry, he now resides on the Mornington Peninsula with his wife and two black labradores.
Martin is the company viticulturist for Cumulus Vineyards near Orange in the Central West of NSW. Here, he manages 506 hectares of cool climate vineyard. His tasks include irrigation management, pest and disease management, yield estimation, nutrition and canopy management, quality management, grafting, harvest scheduling as well as operational and capital budgeting. Martin is of the firm view that cultivating alternative varieties will help producers meet the challenges of a changing and variable climate increase Australia’s competitiveness in the sector.
After completing my first fermentation at the age of six it was probably no surprise to my family that I studied wine making. I worked for a number of companies during the course of my studies and commenced my first full time role with Rosemount Estates in 1984. Late in 1986 an opportunity arose with Foster’s Brewing Group and I commenced a 16 year career in brewing. Working at Fosters Brewing exposed me to an amazing range of different disciplines and some very talented role models. In 2002 I returned to my first love, the wine industry via Beringer Blass and then De Bortoli Wines.
A highly respected and sought-after marketing strategist with two decades working with leading brands in wine & hospitality, retail &automotive, tourism & agriculture.
Angie is Chair of the Board for Wine Victoria and was also the 2019 Woman of Inspiration in the Australian Women in Wine Awards.