AAVWS Management

The Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show is run by a group of passionate people including the Chief of Judges, (Sophie Otton current, Jane Faulkner 2012 – 2018, Max Allen 2005 – 2011 and Tim White 2001- 2004) and Australian wine movers and shakers such as Louisa Rose, (Chair 2009 – 2016) and Ambassadors (Bruce Chalmers, Kathleen Quealy, Stefano de Pieri, Mark Walpole) and a dedicated committee.


Location: Mildura, Victoria, Australia
Phone: 0417 556 821
Email: info@aavws.com
Postal: PO Box 3276, Mildura, Victoria, 3502


Corrina Wright (President) – Winemaker & Director, Oliver’s Taranga, SA
Mark Walpole (Deputy President)
– Viticulturist, Greenstone, VIC
Jonathan Creek
– Winemaker, Zilzie Wines, VIC
Helen Healy (Treasurer)
– Director, HHO Events, VIC
Graeme Wellman
– Viticulturist, Dorrien Winemaking, SA
Leah Heinrich
– Viticultural Graduate, Treasury Estate, SA
Brian Walsh
– Consultant, former Chair, Wine Australia, SA
Ashley Ratcliff
– Vigneron & Managing Director, Ricca Terra Farms, SA
Katie Spain
Drinks and Feature Writer, WBM (Australia’s Wine Business Magazine), SA
James Scarcebrook
– Owner/Winemaker, Vino Intrepido, VIC
Foni Pollitt
– Restaurateur, Educator, Mayfair Lane Pub & Dining Room, Perth, WA
Sue Bell –
 Winemaker, Director, Optimist, Bellwether, Coonawarra, SA


Bruce Chalmers, Stefano de Pieri, Robin Day, Kathleen Quealy, Jenni Chalmers, Louisa Rose


Sophie Otton – Wine Consultant, educator, writer, presenter, wine bar owner. Sydney, NSW


Anita Goode – Winemaker & Director, Wangolina, SA


Helen Healy – Business, Marketing and Show Manager
Ashleah Black – Partnerships and Events Manager

Kim Chalmers – Brand and Special Projects Consultant
Tennille Chalmers – Partnerships and Events Consultant

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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.”