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London International Wine Fair- Around 15,000 visitors from the UK and around the world use the Fair as a buying platform LIWF is free of charge, but strictly trade-only.

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National Wine Centre- Friday's uncorked, Taste fine wines from selected regions.


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Stuart Barrie
Prior to moving to Australia in 2004, Stuart was the buyer for the fine wine retail group; Peckham's in Scotland for 12 years and controlled over 20 million dollars per annum in purchasing. He was also the award winning Sunday Herald wine columnist from 1999 - 2004. He currently works freelance along with running the Wine & Spirit Education Trust in South Australia.
 


Ben Shillito
Ben spent more than a decade in the hospitality industry part of which was as a sommelier. Having completed his Bachelor of Wine Marketing at the University of Adelaide he has been involved with small and large wine producers in sales and marketing roles but also completed two successive vintages at Penfolds Magill Estate in 2005/06.  Ben is currently the Sales and Marketing Manager for the Possums Vineyard group based in McLaren Vale.


Mark Flounders
Mark is the Area Manager for Decant Wines and was previously responsible for evaluating and purchasing wines for the National Wine Centre Cellar, one of the largest cellars in the Southern Hemisphere.
 
He has been involved with the wine industry for many year and is currently studying a bachelor of Commerce in Management and a Bach of Wine Marketing at University of Adelaide


Francis Wong
Wine Buyer and owner of TOP 8 Wines, a wine export company specialising in exporting wines from Australia that best suit and appeal to the Asian palate.

Francis is also involved with tourism and more specifically, being the first in Australia to launch premium wine tourism packages for individuals and groups from Asia, Europe and US.  He considers himself fortunate to have visited over 500 Australian wineries and therefore know first hand the interesting characteristics and peculiarities prevalent in boutique with small-production wineries across this vast country.



Matt Wallace
Matt's wine journey began 1996 were he managed various retail cellars before moving to wine making participating in his first Vintage at Domaine Chandon in the Yarra Valley in 1998.
He has delivered industry articles and columns to various publications. Holding impressive qualifications that underpin his practical knowledge, including Honours at Flinders University, qualifications with ADMA in Marketing and copywriting and various wine master classes.  
Responsible for purchasing and negotiating all buys for Premium Wines Direct, Australia's largest wine supplier for loyalty programmes for corporations and banking sector.


Steve Warrick
Steve is an experienced wine judge having regularly judged in the Adelaide, Hobart and McLaren Vale wine shows, tasting more than 2000 wines a year for various wine publications and for his own wine sales business.

He also is a wine marketing consultant with nearly 20 years experience working with small to medium sized wineries in McLaren Vale, Coonawarra, the Adelaide Hills, Yarra Valley and Margaret River.
 
Steve takes continual delight in the new directions taken by Australian winemakers and passion which they invest in their businesses.


Tom Minge
Tom is the South Australian Area Manager for Red and White a leading liquor sales and distribution company. Holding a Bachelor of Wine Marketing from the University of Adelaide Tom has been involved in hospitality, tourism and wine retail for many years.  He was previously the Purchasing Manager for the National Wine Centre of Australia.


Larry Jacobs
Winemaker for Hahndorf Hill Wines. Connected to the wine industry since 1989. First in South Africa, where he founded the iconic Mulderbosch Vineyards and then subsequently in Australia in the Adelaide Hills, where he  is joint owner of Hahndorf Hill Winery with Marc Dobson since 2002.