Jane Faulkner (Chief of Judges)
Jane Faulkner is a journalist by training and a wine writer by vocation. While she toils towards launching her website winematters.com.au, her words can be read in Halliday wine magazine, on-line at Wine Searcher and elsewhere. Jane is an experienced wine judge and chairs numerous shows.
Wendy Cameron MW (Panel Chair)
Wendy Cameron is an experienced winemaker and wine business manager. Wendy has worked for Brown Brothers Milawa Vineyards for 17 years, initially as a winemaker and for 10 years as their Head of Winemaking, having overall responsibility for the production of a very diverse range of grape varieties grown in a diverse range of climates across Victoria and Tasmania and including the development of innovative wine styles. Currently Wendy continues as a winemaking consultant to Brown Brothers Milawa Vineyards.
Wendy has judged at numerous Australian wine shows and was awarded the inaugural ASVO Winemaker of the Year Award in 2012.
Sarah Ahmed (International Judge)
Sarah Ahmed is a UK-based freelance wine writer and educator focused on the wines of Australia and Portugal. In addition to publishing www.thewinedetective.co.uk, she is a regular contributor for Decanter and writes for other respected titles such as The World of Fine Wine. She has contributed to leading reference books in her areas of expertise, including The World Atlas of Wine, The Oxford Companion to Wine & Hugh Johnson Pocket Wine. Sarah is the Regional Chair, Portugal, at Decanter World Wine Awards. The Limestone Coast Wine Show will be her fifth time judging at an Australian wine show.
Julian Langworthy (Judge)
Winemaker & General Manager Deep Woods, Margaret River
A Jimmy Watson Award winner, Ray Jordan’s 2017 Winemaker of the Year and a Wine Society Young Winemaker of the Year nominee, Julian is now regarded as one of the most talented winemakers in Australia. His impressive career has included vintages in France and Canada, as well as senior winemaking roles in the Barossa Valley, Clare Valley and Coonawarra. Passionate about pork and producing regionally distinctive wine, Julian joined the Deep Woods team at Margaret River in 2011. Under his leadership, the winemaking team has continued to refine and explore the Deep Woods style, culminating is 25 trophies and in excess of 70 gold medals awarded across major national and international wine shows.
Emma Norbiato (Judge)
Winemaker, Calabria Family Wines, Riverina
Emma was raised on a Riverina sheep and rice farm. She achieved the highest mark for sensory evaluation in her year at Charles Sturt University which led to Associate Judging at the National Wine Show in Canberra at age 21.
Vintages around Australia and in Tuscany were followed by 4 years at Penfolds in the red winemaking team. At age 26, Emma took up a Senior Winemaking role with Casella Wines, producing Yellow Tail. In 2009 Emma started working at Calabria Family Wines, working with vineyards and growers in the Riverina. Emma has an increasing interest in alterative varieties, viticulture and seeing the Riverina region reach its full potential.
In 2016 Emma was awarded the AWIWA’s Winemaker of the Year.
Jeremy Prideaux (Judge)
Manager at City Wine Shop, Melbourne