Chris is Managing Partner and Senior Winemaker of Pfeiffer Wines, a Rutherglen-based winery. Pfeiffer Wines produces a range of table wines and a full range of fortified wines.
Chris and his wife Robyn founded Pfeiffer Wines in 1984. Pfeiffer Wines commenced with no fortified wine stock and in the following 30 years have built up a sound base of maturing stock that allows the sale of all the wine styles.
Chris worked for Lindemans Wines from 1974 through to 1984 and rose to the position of Group Fortified Winemaker. Chris gained experience in fortified production at Corowa (near Rutherglen), the BarossaValley and Sunraysia district within Victoria.
Chris has been active on the wine show circuit, having judged at many regional and capital city wine shows. Chris has been chairman of the judging panel of the Royal Melbourne Wine Show, the Rutherglen Wine Show, the Riverina Wine Show, the Australian Small Winemakers Wine Show, the Inland Australia Wine Show, the Geographe Wine Show and, most pertinent, the Australian Fortified Wine Show.
Chris has been active in industry matters. Chris was Chairman of the Winemakers of Rutherglen for 20 years, twice served as Chairman of the Victorian Wine Industry Association and was a board member of the Winemakers Federation of Australia.
Chris is on the executive of the Muscat of Rutherglen group, the group that developed the classifications for use with the wood matured fortified wine styles that have been included in the Food Standards for these wines.
Chris served on the Fortified Sustainabilty Project, the group that worked to develop the new names for the wine styles that carried European place names eg Sherry and Tokay.
Chris’ and Robyn’s daughter Jennifer has joined them in the business and shares Chris’ passion for fortified wines.
Chris was awarded an OAM in 2012 for services to the wine industry.
John Gladstones is a leading Australian agricultural scientist, with a distinguished record in the breeding, agronomy and botany of crop and pasture legumes that has earned him many scientific and community awards, including Member of the Order of Australia (AM). His pioneering work in viticulture led to the establishment of Margaret River as a premium wineproducing region. His earlier book Viticulture and Environment (1992) was awarded ‘Special Distinction in Viticulture’ by the Office International de la Vigne et du Vin, Paris. He lives in Perth with his family.
Patrick Iland OAM
Dr Patrick Iland (BAppSc, MAgSc, PhD) has been involved in wine education for over 35 years. He is a former Senior Lecturer at The University of Adelaide, Australia. Patrick has taught and researched in the areas of wine chemistry, viticulture and sensory evaluation. His research focused on the effects of viticultural practices on grape and wine quality and wine sensory properties. He, along with colleagues, developed the ‘berry colour ’ measure — a measure widely used in the viticulture industry for determining the colour of black grapes. Although retired, he retains his connection with the University as a Visiting Research Fellow. He is a past winner of the Stephen Hickinbotham Memorial Trust Award (for his research on Pinot Noir grapes and wines) and the Stephen Cole the Elder Award for Excellence in Teaching awarded by The University of Adelaide. In 2007 he was awarded the Order of Australia (OAM) for his services to the Australian wine industry. Patrick has a strong interest in and commitment to education. He and his wife Judith conduct a publishing business specialising in educational wine books.
Nick has degrees in Chemical Engineering from The University of Adelaide and in Wine Science from Charles Sturt University. He worked for 12 years as an oenologist and technical services specialist with The Australian Wine Research Institute, before leaving to concentrate on his winemaking career. He joined Orlando Wine in 2001, where he is currently Senior Red Winemaker.
Greg has an Honours degree in Chemical Technology from the University of South Australia. He worked as a chemist and laboratory manager with the Yalumba Wine Company for over 17 years in the areas of laboratory quality management and methods development. Greg is currently the laboratory manager at Vinpac International.
Eric has a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Newcastle. He has been Group Chemist at the Wolf Blass Winery, Global Manager Analytical Services with the Foster’s Wine Group and National Technical Manager with P&N Beverages in Sydney where he had responsibility for new product development, product QA and compliance. He is now Group Manager Commercial Services at The Australian Wine Research Institute.
Martin has a B.Sc. from Melbourne University, majoring in the areas of microbiology and biochemistry. He has worked as a research biochemist at Carlton & United Breweries Ltd. He has worked at a number of wineries and has over 30 years of winemaking experience. He now operates an oenology consultancy and laboratory specialising in problem solving. Martin lectures in Wine Microbiology and Biochemistry at La Trobe University.
Leigh is a graduate of the University of Tasmania (B. App. Sc in Medical Laboratory Science, majoring in microbiology and biochemistry, and a M. App. Sc (Research)). He has taught microbiology at the University of Tasmania and worked as a chemist/microbiologist at Southcorp Wines. Leigh is currently a Lecturer in Wine Microbiology at Charles Sturt University.
Alison is a graduate of the University of Adelaide, (B.Sc, and PhD), majoring in the area of microbiology. Alison’s experience in the wine industry includes vintage work and five years in research and applied positions at E & J Gallo Winery in California. Alison is currently employed as the Group Microbiologist at Fosters Group Ltd - Fosters Wine Estates.
Dr Tony Proffitt (BSc, MSc, PhD, Post-graduate Dip. in Viticulture) commenced his career in agricultural science during the 1980s. He has worked in the technical, consultancy, extension and educational sectors of the Australian wine industry since 1995. He spent five years with Southcorp Wines (now known as Treasury Wine Estates) and then joined AHA Viticulture, a vineyard management and consultancy company based in the Margaret River region, Western Australia. Tony continues to work as a consultant viticulturist. He is best known for his work using and promoting the Precision Viticulture suite of tools for vineyard management. In 2006 he co-authored the book entitled ‘Precision Viticulture – a new era in vineyard management and wine production’. Tony has a strong interest in education, having been employed as a lecturer in viticulture at Curtin University, Western Australia. He is the author of many scientific papers and industry articles which have been published in a range of peer-reviewed and popular viticultural, agricultural and soil science journals.
Dr Peter Dry (BAgSc, MAgSc, PhD) has been a viticultural scientist for 40 years. He started his career in the SA Department of Agriculture in 1970. His academic career commenced at Roseworthy Agricultural College in 1975 and continued at The University of Adelaide from 1990. He retired from the University as Associate Professor in 2008. Since that time, he has been a part-time viticulture consultant at the Australian Wine Research Institute, where he has been able to continue his passion for the transfer of scientific and technical knowledge to the grape and wine industry. Although his research has been wide-ranging, he is perhaps best known for the development of the partial rootzone drying (PRD) irrigation strategy—in 2001, this was named as one of the 100 most-important technological innovations of the 20th century in Australia by the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering. This strategy evolved from initial research on the water stress physiology of the grapevine. He is the author of many scientific and popular publications on viticulture and wine. This is his sixth book as a co-author.
Andrew holds a degree in Horticultural Science from Lincoln University and a Masters degree in Enology and Viticulture from the University of California, Davis. He taught oenology and sensory evaluation studies at Roseworthy Agricultural College and The University of Adelaide. After 27 years in teaching and research, Andrew spent 10 years as the Chief Winemaker/Viticulturist at Mountadam Vineyard and is currently a wine consultant.
Professor Stephen Tyerman (BSc Hons, PhD, FAA) is a leading scientist in the field of plant physiology. He was elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 2003. He has won many awards for his research, including, in 2007, the prestigious Australian Research Council Professorial Fellowship. He has researched nutrition, salinity and water relations in plants for some 25 years and published in journals such as Nature, Science and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. In 2001 Steve was appointed to the Wine Industry Chair of Viticulture at The University of Adelaide. Since then he has led research on vine and berry water relations and vine drought tolerance. He teaches in all levels of viticulture education in the School of Agriculture, Food and Wine at The University of Adelaide. Climate change impacts and adaptation in viticulture are drivers for his research, and he is currently the programme leader in Water for Primary Industries Research Network within the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility.
With a PhD in Microbiology from The University of New South Wales, Andrew has devoted more than 20 years service as a university academic at Charles Sturt University, Roseworthy Agricultural College and The University of Adelaide, teaching wine microbiology and winemaking. From 2001 Andrew worked with the Lallemand Biotechnology Group for 11 years. Now retired from this group, he continues to service the wine industry through his microbiology expertise.
John has a degree in Applied Science (Wine Science) from Charles Sturt University. He has over 20 years experience in laboratory management. He has gained extensive expertise in quality control practices in both the cellar and laboratory during his time as a Senior Technical Officer at Roseworthy Agricultural College and The University of Adelaide.
Geoff Weaver has been making wine since 1972, firstly with Orlando, then Hardys. He was responsible for white wines at Hardys from 1976 and Chief Winemaker of the Hardy Group from 1987 to 1992. It was always his dream to be an independent winemaker and in 1982 he purchased a property at Lenswood, high in the Adelaide Hills to grow grapes for his Geoff Weaver label. Since leaving the world of the big company Geoff, as well as building his own business, has been involved with a wide range of industry and consulting activities and now largely devotes his time to the vineyard, wines and his landscape painting.
Andrew Birks is a second-generation winemaker who has worked widely in the Australian wine industry over the last 40 years. He is Chief Winemaker at Bidgeebong Wines. He was senior fortified winemaker at Lindemans Wines in the 1970s and has been Charles Sturt University Winemaker, Lecturer in Wine Science and Fortified Wine Production. He has been an active wine show judge and has trained winemakers in France, Portugal and New Zealand.
Peter Huish is the General Manager of Tallships Solutions, a company specialising in warehouse management systems, which includes the Wine File Winery Manager record-keeping software designed for winery regulatory compliance.
David Wollan’s winemaking career commenced in 1979 after completing a wine science degree at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga. He spent 4 years as winemaker at Arrowfield Wines in the Hunter Valley before moving to the Yarra Valley where he established Tarrawarra Vineyard and was chief winemaker for 12 years. In the early 1990s, with Artemis Georgiades, he formed Wine File to develop and commercialise a PC-based winery management system, which was adopted by many wineries around Australia and overseas. In 1994, Wine File was merged with colleague Gary Baldwin’s consulting company to establish the Wine Network Group, a leading consulting and technical services group. After being introduced to the power of reverse osmosis-based processes, David concentrated his efforts on membrane separation technologies. He invented processes for smoke taint removal and alcohol reduction, offered to the world wine industry by Memstar.
Steve Warne received bachelor degrees in Science from Adelaide University and Viticulture and Enology from Roseworthy College. He has over twenty-five years’ winemaking experience in Australia and abroad. During this time he has held senior positions at De Bortoli, Evans & Tate and Casella Wines. His interests include systems for oak and grape flavour manipulation and winery design and management for low cost, low waste and superior wine quality.
Martin Cooper has spent fifteen years refining his winemaking craft. As Group Senior Winemaker at McWilliams Wines he refined his Botrytis Semillon winemaking skills, enabling him to develop his current winemaking approach with Botrytis Riesling in the Great Southern. He is a firm believer in viticulture as the foremost concern in quality winemaking and continues to enjoy pushing new boundaries as a consultant oenologist with clients in Western Australia and Western Europe.
Paul is a graduate of the University of Adelaide (B.Sc,and PhD) and Roseworthy Agricultural College (Grad. Dip Wine). Paul has 17 years experience in the wine industry in production, consulting, research and teaching. He has worked at The Australian Wine Research Institute and Charles Sturt University (Lecturer in Wine Microbiology). Paul is currently a Lecturer in Oenology at the University of Adelaide.
Gary is an experienced winemaking consultant working with clients in Australia and overseas providing technical advice and assistance on all aspects of wine production. This provides him with the opportunity to remain up to date with worldwide winemaking trends and viticultural issues.
Gary has qualifications in biochemistry and wine science and many years experience in senior winemaking and management, wine show judging, wine research and extension.
Since 1994 Gary has been the Owner, Director & Senior Consultant of Wine Network Consulting. He has previously had roles such as Group Leader Extension Services of The Australian Wine Research Institute and Chief Winemaker & General Manager Arrowfield Wines Pty Ltd, Hunter Valley NSW.
Peter has made and tasted wine for over three decades. He holds a Roseworthy Oenology degree and an MBA, and is part owner and manager of the Adelaide Hills’ specialist contract winemaking facility Revenir. He also consults to a range of producers in McLaren Vale, the Adelaide Hills and the Clare Valley. He has held a variety of production positions, notably with Jeffrey Grosset, Nepenthe, domaines Dujac, Alain Graillot and l’Arlot in France, and California’s E&J Gallo. Between winemaking roles, Peter spent five years as Manager of the Technical Services Group at The Australian Wine Research Institute, which included developing and leading the Advanced Wine Assessment Course.
In 2007, largely to silence all those who kept asking when he would do ‘it’, he launched his own wine label: La Linea; in partnership with marketing and distribution guru and mate David LeMire.
Leigh is a Research Manager at the Australian Wine Research Institute where he leads the sensory and flavour chemistry research teams. Prior to joining the AWRI he had chemical engineering research roles and worked as a winery laboratory technician. With a degree in chemistry, and a PhD from the University of Adelaide, he spent a post-doctoral period with Professor Ann Noble at the University of California, Davis, a pioneer of wine sensory evaluation, and has been with the AWRI since 1988.
Founder and Executive Chairman – Portavin
Mike graduated from Roseworthy Agricultural College with a degree in Winemaking in 1984. As part of his degree, he wrote a thesis on mobile bottling and this was the inspiration behind and the genesis of Portavin, Australia’s first mobile bottling operation.
Mike held a number of winemaking positions in McLaren Vale, Mildura, Coonawarra and Margaret River before and while establishing the Portavin business in 1989 in Western Australia.
The company has since grown to operate six static bottling sites across Australia and New Zealand and maintains two mobile lines, making it Australasia's largest independent wine services provider.
Vladimir is Professor in Oenology at the School of Agriculture, Food and Wine at the University of Adelaide, South Australia. He leads the wine Microbiology and Microbial Biotechnology research Group.
Diane Hunt is a dentist and a senior lecturer at the Adelaide Dental School, the Faculty of Health Sciences, The University of Adelaide. Her special research interests are the mechanism and prevention of wine erosion damage to teeth and resulting sensitivity, which are common occupational risks for many professional winemakers and tasters. She was invited to lecture to oenology students at The Australian Wine Research Institute on this topic.
Brian Croser AOhttp://www.tapanappawines.com.au
Brian Croser, AO, began as a winemaker with Thomas Hardy and Sons in 1969. In the early 1970s Brian attended The University of California at Davis for a masters program and went on to establish the Wine Science program at Charles Sturt University. By 1976 Brian had established Petaluma and in 1978 gave it a home in the Piccadilly Valley, then in 1986 he established Argyle winery in Oregon. Brian served as Chairman of Adelaide, Canberra and Sydney wine shows and twice as President of the Winemakers Federation. For his service to industry he was awarded an Order of Australia, the Maurice O’Shea Award and was Decanter Man of the Year in 2004. Brian was Deputy Chancellor of University of Adelaide from 1999 to 2007 and was awarded the degree of Doctor of the University for his service. Brian still lives at the Tiers Vineyard in the Piccadilly Valley and is the winemaker for Tapanappa Wines.
Mark Gishen is the principal of Gishen Consulting, a specialist consultancy in wine analysis and process technology based in Adelaide, South Australia. His current portfolio includes a project management contract at the South Australian Wine Industry Association, and a range of private client projects. Previously, he spent more than 14 years at the Australian Wine Research Institute. He has convened workshops on laboratory management at several Australian Wine Industry Technical Conferences and co-authored more than 100 technical papers.
Sue Caloghiris is the CEO of Bibber International Pty Ltd and has been involved in the wine industry since 1984. Her first position was as a Laboratory Technician in a winery lab. From there she spent 14 years at the Australian Wine Research Institute as Manager of the NATA-registered Analytical Service. She is a co-author of Patrick Iland’s Chemical Analysis of grapes and wines and has authored many practical articles on lab analysis for journals in Australia and the USA. She has also been on the Committee of the Interwinery Analysis Group for 16 years and now runs the Secretariat for this Group.
Richard Gibson is the principal of Scorpex Wine Services, specialising in independent oenological consultancy. Prior to establishing Scorpex, Richard held senior roles with Southcorp Wines and gained wide experience in all facets of wine production, stabilisation and packaging.
Eveline Bartowksy is Senior Research Microbiologist at The Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI) and has been with the AWRI Biosciences Team for over 19 years. She leads the Bacterial Research Program and management of the AWRI Microorganism Culture Collection. Her main research focus is in the management and control of MLF and investigating the chemical and sensory impact of MLF.
Graham Fleet is an Emeritus Professor in The Food Science group , School of Chemical Engineering at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. He has been researching the microbiology and biotechnology of wine production since 1975 and has published many papers and reviews on these topics.
Pete Bissell is winemaker at Balnaves of Coonawarra and contract winemaker for Parker Coonawarra Estate and Punters Corner wines, and has been for the last 18 years.
Pete was previously winemaker at Wynns Coonawarra Estate and has completed 31 vintages in all , 3 in France- Bordeaux and the Languedoc, 1 in Moldova and the last 25 vintages in Coonawarra.
He has a BSc (Hons 1st) in Biochemistry and after spending 2 ½ years working on a PhD in Immunology switched to Oenology and completed a 3 year Graduate Diploma in Oenology and Viticulture at Roseworthy College in 1988.
Pete, with his family, owns and runs Broken Windmill Vineyard (12 Ha ) in Wrattonbully.
Pete was the 2005 Qantas/Gourmet Traveller winemaker of the Year, Balnaves of Coonawarra was James Hallidays’ Winery of the Year in 2008, Pete made the 2000 Jimmy Watson Trophy winner “Punters Corner Spartacus 1999” and Balnaves The Tally Cabernet Sauvignon and Parker First Growth were both included in Langtons Classification V in 2010.
Pete has been a member of the ASVO since 1986.
Stephen has a wonderful family heritage of more than 145 years of grapegrowing and winemaking spanning five generations. He completed a Science Degree at Adelaide University, majoring in Biochemistry and Botany, and studied Viticulture and Winemaking at Geisenheim in Germany. He took over the winemaking at Henschke in 1979 and is proud that the Henschke name and reputation is inexorably linked with high quality red wine in general and his flagship single vineyard Hill of Grace in particular. He is also mindful of his European roots and is a proud supporter of the historical language, food, religion and wine culture of his Silesian forebears still alive in pockets in the Barossa. His accolades include; 2006 Gourmet Traveller WINE Magazine Winemaker of the Year; Advance Australia Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Wine Industry in 1995 and International Red Winemaker of the Year 1994/95.
Corey Ryan has a Masters in Oenology from the University of Adelaide and a degree in Science with majors in microbiology and molecular biology. He is the co-owner and winemaker for the boutique wine business Sons of Eden in the Barossa Valley. Corey also works as a consultant and is managing winemaker for various winemaking projects throughout Australia, New Zealand, Italy and Spain. He has over 25 vintages of experience in making and judging wine. Currently General Manager and Chief Winemaker for Dorrien Winemaking, he was previously Group Chief Winemaker for the McWilliams Wine Group and Echelon Wine Partners, and worked for nearly a decade as the Senior Winemaker for Villa Maria Estates in New Zealand.
Nick forsook a 14-year career in biological oceanography with CSIRO to join the wine industry in 1984. He has been a full-time wine journalist writing for national newspapers and magazines, winning the Charles Heidsieck Award for Excellence in Wine Writing in 1985. He was also Wine Manager for Cellarmaster Wines Pty Ltd and for nine years worked in the head office of Southcorp Wines Pty Ltd, primarily to assist the flow of information between wine production and the marketing and sales departments. He has also been a visiting Associate Professor at Charles Sturt University lecturing on sensory evaluation for 13 years.
Nick became the third Master of Wine in Australia, passing the examination at first attempt in 1992.
Nick is currently an independent consultant, providing assistance with winemaking, blending, quality assessment, valuation and marketing, both in Australia and New Zealand. He is frequently engaged as expert witness in disputes and legal cases involving wine quality and technical issues. He writes occasional articles for consumers and a regular column From the tasting bench in WBM, Australia’s Wine Business Magazine. He has judged at most capital city and major regional wine shows in Australia and New Zealand and several others overseas.
He has been a shareholder and Director of Brokenwood Wines Pty Ltd since 1978.
Nick manages his own Hatherleigh vineyard at 910 metres in the chilly Southern Tablelands of NSW where he tries to coax Pinot Noir to ripeness.
Fiona Donald graduated from Roseworthy Agricultural College and Adelaide University with qualifications in Oenology and Management. Fiona started her career at Thomas Hardy Tintara Winery, McLaren Vale in 1991 and worked in red wine winemaking roles at Renmano, Domaine de la Baume and Barossa Valley Estate. In 1997 she was appointed as Senior Red Winemaker at Southcorp Wines, Penfolds. Fiona is currently Senior Winemaker at Seppeltsfield Wines and is part of the team resurrecting the famous 1888 Gravity Flow Winery.
Louisa grew up in Melbourne, completing a Bachelor of Science degree majoring in physics at Melbourne University before moving to South Australia and Roseworthy College to study winemaking, graduating as dux in 1992. While studying she worked a vintage as a cellar hand at Yalumba, Australia’s oldest family owned winery, at Angaston in the Barossa, and returned to join the sparkling wine team in January 1993. Louisa is now Head of Winemaking.
Geoff has almost 40 years’ experience in the wine industry having joined Yalumba as a winemaker in 1974.
He grew up in Queensland and “discovered” wine as an undergraduate student, so was very happy to convert this new found love into a career. Early on he specialised in the making of sparkling wines, then a relatively new field for Yalumba.
In more recent times Geoff has been responsible for Technical and Research activities at Yalumba and in early 2013 moved to a part time role. He served as a board member with the Australian Wine Research Institute for many years and remains a member of the Wine Industry Technical Advisory Committee.
He continues to live in the Barossa, lists his loves of life as family and friends and sharing a glass or two with them.