The ASVO has played an important role in the development of Best Practice Recommendations (BPR) for the Australian wine show system. In 2004 it published recommendations for Wine Shows, developed by an industry based ASVO Wine Show Committee, to act as guidelines for Australian wine shows to assist them in their objectives of improving and promoting the wine quality and style offering of the Australian Wine industry.
Tru to our word the ASVO is review and update these recommendations as well as consider issues not addressed in the 2015 review. Thus the ASVO has again established an industry based Wine Show Technical Advisory Group (TAG), with members drawn from the wider industry, to review, revise and update the BPRs.
The objective is to review and update the 2015 BPR on what constitutes best practice in the Australian Wine Show system including guidelines and recommendations.
Wine Show Technical Advisory Committee
Members of the TAC have been chosen to represent a wide range of industry interests including large and small companies, a wide range of regional origins, trade, and press
Louisa Rose has accepted the ASVO invitation to Chair the TAC. She brings considerable judging, committee and exhibitor experience to the position. The ASVO has also nominated Board Member Dr Anthony Robinson to act as the secretary to the TAC. He has a particular interest and many years of involvement in the Australian Wine Show system.
Chair- Louisa Rose
Sue Bell – Bellwether Wine, South Australia
Sue is the Winemaker and Director of Bellwether, a small brand based in Coonawarra, making Coonawarra Cabernet, Tasmanian Chardonnay and other wines from Wrattonbully, Heathcote and the Riverland. Sue was part of the original ASVO wine show committee, she is active judge in the Australian wine show circuit at both regional and capital city shows and judged overseas. Sue started the Limestone Coast wine show and is a past chair of the Limestone Coast Grape and wine Council. Sue supports the training of future wine show judges via the AWRI AWAC course.
P-J Charteris – Charteris Wines, New South Wales
Born and raised in the Waikato, New Zealand P-J Charteris has survived the vicissitudes of nearly 30 years in the wine industry to settle on a Trans-Tasman lifestyle of vinous extremes. P-J is based in the Hunter Valley, NSW where he makes Shiraz and Semillon while commuting to Central Otago, NZ to make fine Pinot Noir and Riesling under his own label, Charteris. P-J has been involved in the Australian Wine Show system since his first Associate judge position at the Royal Adelaide Wine Show in 1994. He is now the chairman of Judges at Royal Queensland and Hunter Valley Wine Shows as well as New South Wales Wine Awards. When he is not in the vineyard, winery or at the tasting bench you can find him laying at the bottom of a ruck on the rugby field, surfing or farming children, he has a herd of two.
Jim Chatto – McWilliam’s Wines, New South Wales
Jim is Chief winemaker for McWilliam’s Wines, responsible for the winemaking and stylistic direction across The McWilliams portfolio. Including: Mount Pleasant (Hunter Valley) Brand’s Laira (Coonawarra) Evans & Tate (Margaret River) McWilliam’s Hanwood Estate (Griffith) & Barwang (Hilltops). In 2009 Jim was named ‘Hunter Valley Winemaker of the Year’, and in 2010 was a ‘Gourmet Traveller Winemaker of the Year’ finalist. Jim is a senior wine show judge with over fifteen years’ experience across both regional and capital city shows. Jim has been Chairman of Judges at the Hunter Valley Wine Show (2012-2014) and the McLaren Vale Wine Show from 2014.
Sam Connew – Stargazer, Tasmania
Sam has previously worked as the Winemaker / Manager at Tower Estate in the Hunter Valley and Senior Winemaker at Wirra Wirra in McLaren Vale. More recently she has worked in applied research for the AWRI as Manager of the Hunter Valley Node and has launched her first solo project, Stargazer, in 2013. Sam has extensive judging experience having been a Panel Chair at many regional and capital city wine shows, and most recently appointed Chairman of Judges at the Sydney Royal Wine Show. She was an ASVO board member from 2011 – 2013 and has also completed the AWRI Advanced Wine Assessment Course and the Len Evans Tutorial.
Tony Robinson – Treasury Wine Estates, South Australia
Tony is based in South Australia working as a winemaker at the Wolf Blass winery in the Barossa Valley. Tony completed a degree in Viticulture and Oenology in 2003 and a PhD in wine sensory science and analytical chemistry in 2010. He has participated on committees for the WA Wine Industry Association, WFA, and currently sits on the ASVO Board. He has been involved with wine shows in both organisational and judging roles over the last twelve years having experience at regional, national, and international wine shows in Australia and the United States. Tony has also previously served on wine show committees in Perth and Margaret River and has recently completed the AWRI Advanced Wine Assessment Course in 2014.
Tyson Stelzer – Wine Press, Queensland
Tyson Stelzer is a wine writer, television presenter and author of 14 wine books. He was named The Australian Wine Communicator of the Year 2013 and The International Champagne Writer of the Year 2011. He is a regular judge and chairman at wine shows throughout Australia and is a co-creator with UK wine writer Matthew Jukes of The Great Australian Red Competition. Tyson is a regular contributor to 15 magazines including Wine Spectator, Decanter, Qantas The Australian Way and Australian Gourmet Traveller Wine. He contributes reviews to the James Halliday Australian Wine Companion and is a contributor to Jancis Robinson’s The Oxford Companion to Wine. Tyson is a consultant to Qantas Airways First Class and Business Class champagne selection. As an international speaker, he has presented at wine conferences in the UK, Japan, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia.
Courtney Treacher – Houghton Wines, Western Australia
Courtney is based at the Houghton Nannup Winery. Winemaker since 2007, Courtney is responsible for the production of Brookland Valley wines. Courtney studied viticulture and Oenology at Curtin University graduating in 2003. Courtney completed the AWRI’s Advanced Wine Assessment Course in 2007 and has previously been on judging panels at a number of Western Australian regional shows and the Perth, Melbourne and Adelaide Royal Wine Shows. In 2011 Courtney had the great fortune of being selected as one of the Len Evans Tutorial scholars.