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Australia International Wine Challenge

JUDGES

Our Chairman is John Salvi MW (the longest-serving Master of Wine). He will be joined by a glittering assembly of top wine professionals from Australia and the world’s leading wine markets. Each panel will comprise two international and two Australian judges, and will be led by an internationally-recognised wine figure. The Chairman and Co-chairs will re-taste all wines where the panel cannot reach a decision and wherever a gold or platinum medal has been awarded – this ensures the optimum results and continuity between different panels.  

JUDGING

All wines will be tasted blind.   Flights will reflect recommended retail price, and as far as possible the same variety/style of wine, thus giving every entry the best possible chance of success and giving maximum credit to both quality and value.   

Our philosophy is that every wine (regardless of variety, price, region of origin) has the potential to be a winner!

John is the president of the Wine and Spirit Association of Great Britain.  He has been in the Wine Trade for 45 years, and is the representative for Great Britain at the International Union of Oenologists.  He is an active professional taster, wine consultant, and wine writer.  

John Salvi MW

Chairman

One of the Australia's foremost wine writers and presenters, Writer of the The Australian Wine Annual.

Jeremy Oliver

Co-Chairman

Katsuyuki has been for many years acknowledged as Japan's leading wine writer and wine taster. Wine has been his lifelong interest. He and his palate are respected by his peers internationally.

Katsuyuki Tanaka

Co-Chairman

Nick is an independent consultant, providing winemaking assistance with wine quality assessment, valuation, blending and advice on the industry and wine market matters.  He has judged at most Australian wine shows and has chaired a committee of the Australian Society for Viticulture and Oenology.

Nick Bulleid MW

Panel Leader

Born in Hamburg (Germany), she worked for over 20 years in the fashion business. 2011 she started to shift to the world of wine, trained in Sensory Analysis, studied viticulture and oenology at Geisenheim University, and holds the DipWSET. Today she works as wine critic for the French wine guide Bettane+Desseauve, teaches French wine at Geisenheim University, writes as an independent journalist for diverse wine publications and organizes and gives Wine-Masterclasses around Europe. She spends most of her time in the vineyards, chasing the grape in all of its expressions. 

Birthe Jantzen

Panel Leader

William ‘Bill’ Hardy has worked with Hardys for 40 years and represents the fifth generation of Hardy family involvement in the business.
He was awarded the 2015 South Australian Legend of the Vine.

Co-Chairman

Bill Hardy

A regular contributor to Bettane&Desseauve, La Revue du Vin de France, Le Magazine Vigneron and several other specialised print-media and on-line publications, as well as author of the Picrocol blog, she spends the year visiting all the French wine-growing areas.

Panel Leader

Veronique Raisin

Nick s a wine columnist for The Australia newspaper, a regular contributor Gourmet Traveller Wine and GQ and writes a weekly column musing on life for Adelaide’s Sunday Mail. He has judged in many Australian and international wine shows and is a graduate of the prestigious Len Evans Tutorial.

Panel Leader

Nick Ryan

The best expert in French and Italian wines in Australia, not to mention his encyclopaedic knowledge of the Australian wine scene, had sold his Ultimo Wine Centre store to Vintage Cellars, part of the Coles/Westfarmers empire in April 2013. He stayed behind the counter for anther 18 months up until late last year when he joined forces with reputable Melbourne wine experts, the well named Prince Wine Store.

Panel Leader

Jon Osbeiston