Participants in the Wine Industry Mentor Program announced

June 4, 2021
By Ioni Doherty

Sixty-one career professionals have been awarded mentorships in this year’s Wine Industry Mentor Program in a year when organisers say they experienced a large number of applications for the now expanded program.

The Australian Society of Viticulture and Oenology, The University of Adelaide, Wine Australia are all partners of the program which is run by Wine Communicators of Australia (WCA) who said that  one of the drivers of Australian wine’s global success has been the willingness of those in the industry to share knowledge and expertise and there is no better example of that than this program.

WCA Executive Officer, Andrew Stark said, “It was no easy task to decide from among the almost 150 applicants who would be part of this program aiming to support and inspire the future generations of wine industry professionals.”

“It was pleasing to receive applications from early career professionals across the wine sector including wine marketers, winemakers, viticulturists, researchers, wine students, wine retailers and sommeliers, all eager to be mentored by some of the most respected wine sector leaders.” 

The program partners are proud to offer the Wine Industry Mentor Program in 2021 to give those early in their wine sector careers the opportunity to connect with like-minded, ambitious peers, grow their knowledge and inspire them to be the best they can be. 

The program will see participants building their knowledge through genuine connections with experienced industry professionals over the next six months.

Participants in the Mentorship:

Ian BattSmall Things WineAdeline LinPacific Vintners Pty Ltd
Alexander BeckettBriar Ridge VineyardMark LawDan Murphys
John BiggarBrown Family Wine GroupBen LukerWine Intelligence
Jessica BloomfieldPernod Ricard WinemakersEmily MacDonaldMaster of Wine Student
Clare BurderEminence WinesMitch McKenzieChateau Tanunda
Jessie CainesViticulturalistImogen McNamaraChateau Tanunda
Natalia CalianiUniversity of Adelaide (PhD Student)Pia MerrickQualia Wine Services
Lisa CardelliTerroir Selections and WSETBaden MillsYabby Lake Vineyard
Gemma CharlesPernod Ricard WinemakersBrad NottPoignant Pty Ltd
Jessica ClarkGiant Steps WinesMelanie OlsonParade Cellars
Jane CurleyGilbert Family WinesSam PfeifferWhistler Wines
Samantha DavidsonWD Wines + Mount Majura VineyardsZachary PhillipsWine Writer
Ben DolanRob Dolan WinesCarla PizziniPizzini Wines
Chloe EarlDixon Creek EstateNicole ReschkeReschke Wines
Kristy FarrellPernod Ricard WinemakersStuart RustedTreasury Wine Estates
Rhys FitzgeraldNutrien Ag SolutionsAdam ShelleyPernod Ricard Winemakers
Daniela GagglYalumbaKasia SobiesiakThe Real Review
Yanina Daniela GiordanoUniversity of Adelaide (PhD Student)Darran StoneStone Family Wines
Yevgeniya GrebnevaAustralian Wine Research InstituteEva SuiUniversity of Adelaide (PhD Student)
Max GuSchubert EstateHolly TagimaAustralian Vintage Limited
Hannah HodgesMac Forbes WinesAlyson TannenbaumVinteloper
Will HugoHugo WinesCourtney TateWine Envy
Alexander HumBrokenwood WinesKarja ThieleJoval Wine Group
Georgina JacobsBalnaves of CoonawarraKelly ThomasTen Minutes by Tractor
Jackson JanszProject WineMoria TirthaVeraison Magazine
Grace JiranekTen Minutes by TractorDaniel TokarTokar Estate
Harry KinsmanAustralian Vintage LimitedAllan van BreukelenEndeavour Group
Sandra KneileVinotopiaNaomi VerdonkUniversity of Adelaide (PhD Student)
Vanesa LambertLambert Estate WinesRavi VithalPooley Wines
Lauren LangfieldBK Wines & Lauren Langfield WinesPatricia WilliamsonAustralian Wine Research Institute
  Kristen ZerkZ Wine Pty Ltd
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