Executive Board

Dr Anthony Robinson
General Director

Tony is currently employed as the Grape and Wine Innovation Strategist with Treasury Wine Estates based at Wolf Blass Winery in the Barossa Valley. He started his career in the wine industry in 2000 in Western Australia and has worked in a range of roles in the wine industry from retail and research to viticultural management and winemaking. Tony completed a BSc in Horticulture and Viticulture (Hons) from the University of Western Australia and University of Adelaide in 2003. After a few years working, he returned to University where he undertook his PhD at Murdoch University and UC Davis supported by CSIRO Plant Industries and funded by GWRDC. His research explored the use of analytical chemistry, sensory science and multivariate statistics to assess the regional character of Cabernet Sauvignon. The results of this research have been published in 10 scientifically peer reviewed publications and through presentations at technical conferences in Germany, France, USA and Australia.

Tony has previously worked in winemaking roles in Western Australia, South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales, and New Zealand, participated as a committee member for the Wine Industry Association of Western Australia’s Technical committee, the WFA WINEC Committee as the WA Representative. He has been a Board Director for the ASVO since 2014 and a member of the 16th AWITC Planning committee. Tony also brings a diverse range of wine show experience having judged at a number of wine shows across Australia and the United States and has been a member of the Perth Royal Wine Show and Margaret River Wine Show committees. Collectively he has participated in 41 wine shows over the last fifteen years 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 a member of the ASVO since 2004 and is passionate about the Australian grape and wine industry. He brings a range of research, viticultural, winemaking, and wine judging skills to the ASVO board with a broad and integrated industry perspective. Tony hopes to make valuable contributions to ASVO technical seminars, the Australian Journal of Grape and Wine Research, and the Australian Wine Show system.

Dr Mardi LongbottomMardi longbottom

Vice President
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.

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.

Kristy BartropKristy Bartrop

Regional Director – New South Wales

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.


pgAssociate 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.


Saturday June 18 2016 photo: Phillip BiggsTasmanian Leaders Program, Northern Integated Care, Launceston.Dr Fiona Kerslake
Regional Director – Western Australia, Queensland & Tasmania

Research Fellow at Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
August 2009 – Present

  • Research topics include:
  • Sparkling wine viticultural practices
  • Pinot noir viticultural practices
  • Novel winemaking technologies to hasten sparkling wine quality
  • Objective measures of sparkling wine quality and in-line sensing of juice quality
  • Cool climate yield stabilisation
  • Climate change adaptation
  • Provenance of Pinot noir wines

Participant in the 2016 Tasmanian Leaders Program.
‘Tasmanian Leaders Inc. (TLI) is an independent, not-for-profit organisation … that facilitates leadership enhancement opportunities for high potential leaders.’
PhD candidate at the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
Not-for-profit Board President at Pedder Patter Child Care Centres Inc.
October 2012 – July 2015
ASVO Fresh Science judge 2016 16th AWITC
ASVO Winemaker of the Year 2016 judge
AICD – Governance Foundations for Non-For-Profit Directors 2016

Society interest
As a researcher, Fiona has a keen interest in seeing the integrity of the Australian Journal of Grape and Wine Research maintained and is acutely aware of making sure the interests of the smaller regions are adequately represented at a national level, particularly in the seminars and awards that are delivered by the ASVO.

David Wollan DW
Regional Director -Victoria

David graduated from the Wine Science course in Wagga Wagga in 1979. From 1979 he spent 4 years as winemaker at Arrowfield Wines in the Hunter Valley before moving to the Yarra Valley to establish Tarrawarra Vineyard. He managed it and was chief winemaker for 12 years. In the early 1990s, he formed the company Wine File to develop a PC based winery management system. In 1994, with colleague Gary Baldwin, David established Wine Network, where, as a director and consultant, he spent a number of years advising wineries in Australia and elsewhere concentrating on the development and application of membrane separation technologies. David invented processes for smoke taint removal and alcohol reduction and is currently pursuing a master’s degree by research at the University of Adelaide.


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.


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.