2021 AAVWS Judges

Chief of Judges

Sophie Otton, wine consultant, show judge, owner She Loves You, Sydney, NSW

International Judge (suspended in 2021 – ykw!)

Australian Judges 

Max Allenauthor, drinks columnist, editor, Melbourne, Vic

Rollo Crittenden – winemaker, Crittenden Wines, Dromana, Vic

Peter Dredge – winemaker, Dr Edge / Meadowbank) Tas

Gill Gordon Smith – wine maker, educator, retailer, Fall from Grace, McLaren Vale, SA

Tim Pelquest-Hunt – winemaker, Jacob’s Creek, SA

Ralph Kyte-Powell – freelance journalist, author, illustrator, editor, Torquay, Vic

Kate Mc Intyre MW – wine writer & business, Moorooduc Estate, Moorooduc, Vic

Melissa Moore – wine merchant, sommelier, Merivale, Sydney, NSW 

Louisa Rose – head of winemaking, Yalumba, Barossa, SA

Donna Stephens – winemaker, Cappa Stone Wines, Red Cliffs, Vic

Leanne Altmannsommelier, wine educator, beverage director, Melbourne, Vic

Sierra Reed – winemaker, Reed Wines, Vic

Associate Judges

James Scarcebrook, winemaker, Vino Intrepido, (former AAVWS Fellow), Vic

Cindy Heley, winemaker, Monak Wines, Mildura, Vic

Harry Kinsman, winemaker, Australian Vintage, Buronga, NSW

Tom Donegan, marketing manager, Shaw + Smith, SA/Vic

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Changing the World

“The massive impact the AAVWS has had on wine production and consumption in Australia over the last 15 years is now flowing overseas as alternative varieties breathe new life into the UK market and add colour and excitement to the Australian offering.”