Executive Board

Dr Anthony Robinson

Non-executive Director (May 2014, re-elected Nov 2017)
President 2017 – current
Qualifications: BSc (Hons) PhD
Experience: Non-executive Director and Secretary AWITC Inc., Non-executive Director NPEC Pty Ltd., Member AWITC Planning Committee, previously Chair AJGWR Advisory Committee, Member WIAWA Technical Committee, Member WFA WINEC, Member Perth Royal Wine Show Committee, Member Margaret River Wine Show Committee.

Dr Anthony Robinson resides in the Barossa Valley and is the Grape and Wine Innovation Strategist for Treasury Wine Estates. He has worked in a range of roles across the wine industry over the last 18 years from retail to research to viticultural management and winemaking. As a winemaker, he has produced wines for innovative and award winning brands, while as a researcher, he has published a number of peer reviewed papers on wine chemistry and sensory science. Anthony has organised and presented at technical conferences in Germany, France, USA and Australia. He has also been actively involved with Australian wine industry bodies, such as WFA, ASVO, and AWITC, and is an advocate for independent wine benchmarking through the show system.


Brooke Howell

Vice President

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.

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.

Kristy Bartrop

Kristy Bartrop

Regional Director – New South Wales & ACT

Kristy is the Viticulture Technical Manager at Casella Management, overseeing the company owned vineyards in NSW since 2016. Casella Management operates over 2000Ha of vineyard in the Riverina. Prior to this role, Kristy was the Industry Development Officer at the Wine Grapes Marketing Board for 8 years. The Wine Grapes Marketing Board is a statutory authority that represents over 400 independent Riverina wine grape growers.

Previously she has worked as a Research Assistant at CSIRO Land & Water, Food Industry Liaison Officer and Teacher at Riverina TAFE, and Laboratory Technician at NSW Department of Primary Industries, Orlando Wines, Sunrice and Allgold Foods.
Kristy has completed a Bachelor of Applied Science (Food Science), Masters of Management and Masters of Ethics and Legal Studies by Distance Education through Charles Sturt University whilst working in the Riverina. She is currently undertaking a Third Masters degree by Distance Education in Viticulture and Oenology. Kristy was also a participant in the 2012 Wine Industry Future Leaders program.

Kristy is passionate about the future of the Australian wine industry and believes the ASVO’s provision of the latest research findings and technical information is invaluable for the industries viticultural and wine making professionals.

Matt Holdstock
General Director

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.

Mardi longbottom

Dr Mardi Longbottom
General Director

Mardi began her career in viticulture in 1992 helping to establish her family’s vineyards in the Limestone Coast. Shortly afterwards she gained her BAgSci(Vit Sci) and worked in technical and vineyard management positions in Coonawarra, the Adelaide Hills and McLaren Vale. Mardi’s professional experience includes teaching viticulture in the undergraduate and post graduate programs at The University of Adelaide, where she also completed a Masters and PhD in Viticulture, as Viticulture Research and Extension Associate in Virginia, USA, as a viticultural consultant and in her current role as Senior Viticulturist at the AWRI. Her current activities include research into N2O emissions from vineyards and extension of technical information about greenhouse gas mitigation strategies and climate change to the grape and wine sector.
Mardi has been an ASVO member since 1995 and is particularly interested in fostering the sustainability of the Australian wine industry through advocacy and advancement of our stakeholders based on world class research.


Associate Professor Paul Grbin
Regional Director – South Australia

Paul is Associate Professor of Oenology and has been involved in the Australian wine industry for more than 25 years, in retail, production, teaching and research roles. He is a qualified winemaker and completed a PhD while working at the Australian Wine Research Institute. Paul’s teaching comprises aspects of wine microbiology, packaging and quality management, and fermentation technology. His research interests largely focus on wine microbiology, including the physiology of wine yeast and lactic acid bacteria as well as the importance of sustainable practices for the control of grapevine diseases, and the efficient and effective biological treatment of winery wastewater. Paul also established the University of Adelaide’s Wine Alumni Network.

Andy Clarke

Regional Director -Victoria

Currently employed as the Chief Viticulturist for Yering Station in the Yarra Valley, part of the Rathbone Wine Group, and a 2015 Nuffield Scholar, sponsored by Wine Australia. This scholarship has provided a wide network of practitioners and researchers the world over within and outside the wine industry.

A current board member of Vinehealth Australia, chair of the Yarra Valley Winegrowers Technical Subcommittee and member of the Victorian Government WineMAC and Victorian Viticultural Biosecurity Committee.

Experience within a significant number of wine regions across Australia in both a vineyard management and hands on and fruit sourcing capacity. Previous roles in the industry have included, Grower Services manager for Normans Wines in McLaren Vale and the Riverland, Vineyard manager in Mclaren Vale, Adelaide Hills and Barossa for Nepenthe Wines, Technical agronomist for De Bortoli Wines in the Yarra Valley along with several winery vintages in WA and Victoria.

I am passionate about the future of the wine industry and the capabilities of its people. The Society’s ability to provide sound scientific evidence with practical outcomes is critical to the long term sustainability of our industry. This enables the up skilling and retention of our present and future workforce, and this is a platform I wish to contribute to.

Richard Fennessy
Regional Director – Western Australia, Queensland & Tasmania

I began my career in the wine industry as a vineyard hand working on Margaret River vineyards in the late 1990’s, discovering my passion during this time I went on to complete a B.sc in Viticulture & Oenology from Curtin University in 2002. In the same year I joined Evans & Tate in Margaret River fulfilling multiple positions including winemaker. I have also completed international vintages in Napa Valley, Marlborough, Burgundy and Ontario.
In 2008 I joined the Department of Agriculture and Food, WA as a grape and wine research officer. Since joining the department I have been actively involved in applied research and extension activities. Examples of the research projects include smoke taint, clonal evaluations, evaluating and demonstrating alternative varieties, investigating the influence of climate and variety on the efficacy of cold soak, impact of cropload on Tempranillo quality and demonstrating pesticide residues in wine. Extension activities consist of a state wide industry newsletter, spray guide, regular workshops and web based material.

In my current role I see great synergies with the ASVO objectives, that being to encourage the application of research to practice, facilitate the dissemination of research to industry and promote education and further learning to bolster the capacity of our industry personnel.
I have extensive networks within WA and have been fortunate to have spent time in Queensland and Tasmania to understand and appreciate these regions.

Chris Brodie

General Director

  • 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.

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.