2011 Finalists

  • Dan Swincer

    Orlando, SA

    Gramps Botrytis Semillon 2008
    JC Barossa Steingarten Riesling 2007


    Growing up in Mildura, despite his father’s best efforts to introduce him to the delights of Eden Valley Riesling, Dan’s first dream was not to become a winemaker but a fighter pilot after watching “Top Gun”.  However, when this fell … Read more »

  • Luke Steele

    Jim Barry Wine , SA

    Luke Steele

    Luke Steele has had a passion for wines since his father started taking him on outings to the Barossa Valley as a young boy.  He completed his Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Oenology) at Adelaide University, and graduated as runner-up dux … Read more »

  • Ben Haines

    Ben Haines Wine Co, VIC

    Ben Haines

    Having graduated in viticulture at The University of Adelaide in 1999, my journey in the wine industry began in the vineyards- evidently a result of my instinctive fascination with wine provenance and notions of terroir. After a year off in … Read more »

  • David Clouston

    Two Rivers of Marlborough, NZ

    David Clouston

    David learnt his craft as a winemaker working vintages around the world and in New Zealand. After his first vintage in Marlborough in 1996 David completed vintages in the United States, Australia, France, Spain and Chile. 22 vintages later, David … Read more »

  • Jo Marsh

    Seppelt, VIC

    Drumborg Chardonnay 2008
    St Peters Shiraz 2008


    Jo has been working as a winemaker since 2002 after graduating with several awards from the University of Adelaide. While studying, she worked at a small Langhorne Creek winery known for its local focus and organic wines. After graduating, she … Read more »

  • Rory Lane

    The Story, VIC

    Rory Lane

    Every wine has a story. I was in my mid 20’s back in 2004 living and working in Melbourne when I decided to start a winery, in a manner that I could afford. Planting a vineyard was out of the … Read more »

  • Andrew Quin

    Hentley Farm Wines, SA

    Andrew Quin

    For Andrew, winemaking provided an unparalleled opportunity to combine scientific knowledge with his artistic flair, in the pursuit of creating something that others could enjoy….great wine! In his initial years post-study, Andrew travelled and worked around the Northern hemisphere, starting … Read more »

  • Troy Kalleske

    Kalleske Wines, VIC

    Troy Kalleske

    Troy Kalleske is the thirty three year old winemaker/co-proprietor of Kalleske Wines in the Barossa Valley.  Troy established Kalleske Wines in 2002, with his brother Tony, on his family’s property at Greenock where they have been farming and grape-growing since … Read more »

  • Nadine Worley

    Mud House, NZ

    Nadine Worley

    Originally from South Australia, Nadine studied and worked as a children’s nurse before delving into the world of wine. During her years as a nurse, Nadine developed an unwavering interest in wine which led her to take to the books again, … Read more »

  • Steve Baraglia

    Naked Run Wines, SA

    Steve Baraglia

    Born and raised in the Barossa Valley, the wine industry was always a big part of Steve’s life. From an early age Steve was involved with working in the family’s small vineyard at Williamstown which lead to a career in … Read more »