Wendy works as an independent wine consultant to Brown Brothers Milawa Vineyards as well as doing some freelance wine writing and business consulting to Meredith Dairy. Having worked for Brown Brothers for 17 years, initially as a winemaker and for 10 years as Head of Winemaking, Wendy is an experienced winemaker and wine business manager.
| Bryan Currie
Bryan has strongly promoted the adoption of grape varieties that are suited to their regional climate. He led the first planting of southern Italian varieties in the Riverina, NSW, such as Nero d’Avola, Aglianico and Montepulciano wines, which have now enjoyed critical acclaim both nationally and internationally. Bryan has been heavily involved in regional and state based industry organisations such as the NSW Wine Industry Association, Riverina Winemakers Association, MIA Vine Improvement Association and National Grape and Wine Industry Centre. Keen to further knowledge, education and mentoring opportunities, he established the Riverina Sweet Wine Tutorials, and was key in developing the Riverina, Hilltops and Tumbarumba regional wine shows and the International Sweet Wine Challenge. Bryan is also a regular judge on the Australian Wine Show circuit
Michael has 39-year experience in the industry, which includes consulting, education and vineyard design. Michael is one of the Granite Belt’s premier wine makers and has received many awards including the USQ Professional Alumnus of the Year and ASVO Australian Winemaker of the Year. In addition to his slew of accolades and experiences internationally and domestically in the industry, Michael has received 36 National Gold medals, 6 National Trophies combined with Gold Medals for 23 different wine grape varieties.
Mike has designed and implemented at least 100 vineyards throughout Queensland and New South Wales and is currently involved in researching lower alcohol wines for the changing Australian cuisine and designing Alternative variety vineyards around Australia.
Mike is also currently on the committee of The Australian Alternative Variety Wine Show Committee, on the advisory board for Post Entry Quarantine Requirements Australia and on the board of QWIA – Queensland Wine Industry Association where he is The Project Manager for research and development of the Queensland Wine Industry.
Alana graduated in Oenology and Viticulture from the university of Verona (Italy) before completing an honours and PhD in molecular biology in Oenology from the University of Adelaide. Currently working as the Australian Technical manager for Laffort, she has completed vintages around the world in cellar and winemaking roles, completed over 4 years in wine retail, spent almost 7 years at Yalumba as Microbiologist/R&D manager and over 17 years in the wine industry.
Alison is a graduate of the University of Adelaide, (B.Sc,and PhD), majoring in the area of microbiology. Alison’s experience in the wine industry includes vintage work and five years in research and applied positions at E & J Gallo Winery in California. Alison is currently employed as the Group Microbiologist at Treasury Wine Estates
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. David is the current ASVO Regional Director for Victoria.