THE top four performers from Wine Australia’s One Day Wine Schools in Sydney and Melbourne have been announced and have won a spot in a six-day Trade Immersion Program (TIP) trip to discover the wines and explore the wine regions of the Riverland, Langhorne Creek, Yarra Valley and King Valley in May.

The winners include:

  • Walter Henao – sommelier, Reserve Wine Bar, Newcastle
  • Celine Chatte – sommelier, Quay Restaurant, Sydney
  • Sarah Andrew – director, sales & marketing, Selador Wines, Melbourne
  • Piotr Jurek – sommelier, Merchant Restaurant, Melbourne

They received the highest marks of all 40 One Day Wine School participants in the written exam and blind tasting evaluation, held earlier this month and at the end of February.

The winners will have the opportunity to explore the Riverland, Langhorne Creek, Yarra Valley and King Valley from 14-19 May through themed tastings, masterclasses, vineyard visits, discussions with winemakers and dinners at wineries and restaurants throughout each region.

Wine Australia’s regional director for Australia, Asia and Emerging Markets, Aaron Brasher said the prize of an immersive visit to discover some of Australia’s wine regions would provide an opportunity for the winners to bring what they learnt at the One Day Wine School to life.

“We congratulate the four winners who are not only passionate about Australian wine, but performed exceptionally well in our One Day Wine Schools, which explored climate, micro-climate and geology of Australia’s wine regions, wine production and the current state of the industry, with 30 wines tasted as part of themed tastings,” Brasher said.

“The schools aimed to garner a deeper connection and understanding of the quality and diversity of Australia’s wine offering among Australia’s wine trade professionals and now, this TIP trip for the winners will bring this to life as participants get the chance to explore wine regions first-hand.

“Our One Day Wine Schools and visits into wine regions aim to expand sommeliers’ and retailers’ knowledge of Australian wine styles and regions, to help open their eyes to the diverse selection of top quality wines from their own backyard.

“Australian sommeliers, retailers and other hospitality professionals are obviously highly skilled and knowledgeable about wine in general, but we want to demonstrate how well Australian wines stack up against the rest of the world, so they can share their knowledge and help influence purchasing decisions in retail outlets, restaurants, hotels, bars and pubs.”

Each of the winners are interested in learning more about Australian wine including soils, terroir, winemakers’ philosophies, winemaking choices and how they influence wines and regional differences.

Now in its second year, Wine Australia’s One Day Wine schools, which were presented by Wine Australia’s Aaron Brasher alongside sommeliers Tom Hogan (in Melbourne) and Kim Bickley (in Sydney), aim to advance the understanding of Australian wine in the local market by providing informative and relevant information to industry professionals, together with structured and themed tastings.


Louisa Aherne

Phone: 02 9361 1263