Chairman of Judges
John Belsham – Foxes Island Wines, New Zealand
An international winemaker, businessman, consultant and critic, John has 35 years of wine industry experience that has shaped and guided some of the most successful wine companies today. As a student, he learned to make wine in Bordeaux, France where he lived from 1977 to 1981. He founded Rapaura Vintners in 1991, the first contract winemaking company in New Zealand. Re-focusing his attention on producing premium, single vineyard wines John founded Foxes Island Wines in 1992. For over 20 years the winery has been largely focused on crafting prestigious Pinot Noir along with fine selections of Estate Riesling, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc. An internationally respected wine judge and critic, he is the Wine Panel Chair for Australasia's leading food and wine magazine, Cuisine, and has held the role of Wine Consultant to Air New Zealand since July 2000
2016 Juding Panel
Kerri Thompson – Director/Winemaker – Wines by KT, South Australia - Panel Chair
Kerri Thompson has been living and making wine in the Clare Valley district for more than twenty years and after eight years of managing historic Leasingham Wines she established her own wine business in 2006 – Wines by KT. Specialising in her first-love, Riesling, and inspired by lovingly grown grapes from a beautiful part of the world, KT is working to create wines that express spirit of place and enjoyment.
Trent Mannell – Senior Buyer, Australian Wine Selector - Panel Chair
Trent Mannell is a graduate in Wine Marketing from the University of Adelaide and for the past 17 years has been Senior Buyer at the Australian Wine Selectors. Prior to that he held roles in Sales and marketing at Draytons, Tyrrells and Cassegrain Wines. He is also an experienced Wine Judge, with judging positions at the Perth, Sydney, Melbourne and Hunter Valley Wine Shows as well as the prestigious London International Wine Challenge as Senior Judge.
Greer Carland - Winemaker, Winemaking Tasmania, TAS
Greer Carland is based in southern Tasmania and has been making wine for in Tasmania for 12 years. She has experience in North and South America, France and three states of Australia. Since 2004 Greer has been a winemaker with Winemaking Tasmania where she manages the sparkling and white and red table wine production. The winemaking team she works with has produced a number of CIRC trophy winning Rieslings.
Anne Krebiehl - Wine writer, London, UK
German-born but London-based, Anne Krebiehl MW is a freelance wine writer and lecturer. She is the contributing editor for Austria and England for the US Wine Enthusiast and publishes also in trade and consumer wine publications. She lectures, consults, translates wine-related texts and judges at international wine competitions. She completed her WSET Diploma in 2010 and was admitted to the Institute of Masters of Wine in September 2014. Anne has helped to harvest and make wine in New Zealand, Germany and Italy.
Ralph Kyte-Powell - Wine Journalist
Ralph Kyte-Powell has nearly 40 years' experience in the wine business, hospitality industry and wine writing, first working for Seppelt during university vacation in the '70s. He has worked in marketing and sales for a leading Australian wine merchant, managed a wine store, been sommelier at a great Melbourne restaurant, lectured on wine, and successfully run a small hotel. He has also travelled extensively across the world's wine regions, including vintage experience in both Australia and France. Ralph started wine writing for Melbourne's The Age 23 years ago, and now has regular columns in The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, Spectrum and the Good Food website. Since 2003 he has regularly written on wine and other things for New Zealand's Cuisine magazine. He has also contributed to Halliday Wine Companion, Delicious, Gourmet Traveller Wine and others, and co-authored The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide for 8 vintages. Ralph has been co-winner of three Ladle awards for wine writing at The Cordon Bleu World Food Media Awards, and has extensive experience judging at wine shows in Australia and New Zealand. He also loves good beer.
Jim Trezise – President, New York Wine & Grape Foundation, USA
James (Jim) Trezise has been President of the New York Wine & Grape Foundation since its creation in 1985, and has been involved with the industry since 1982. Jim is widely recognized for his leadership in the broader American wine industry, having received six national awards or other recognition for his many contributions. Jim is actively involved with several national and international organizations focusing on key issues affecting the grape and wine industry worldwide. He is Founder and President of the International Riesling Foundation, a coalition of top Riesling producers from around the world seeking to promote Riesling and educate consumers. He is a frequent speaker on major issues at conferences throughout the United States, as well as a professional wine judge at more than a dozen international competitions..
Stephanie Helm - The Vintner's Daughter
Brock Harrison - Pernod Ricard
Steve Baraglia - Pike's Wines/Naked Run Wines