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9/06/2015

Local wine trade take a field trip to iconic wine regions

Ten Australian wine professionals who scored top results in Wine Australia’s One Day Wine School (ODWS) will embark on the third annual Trade Immersion Program (TIP) trip tomorrow.

Aimed at encouraging the guests to develop a deeper understanding of the fine wines being produced in their own backyards, the trip will cover Riverina (NSW), King Valley (VIC), Mount Benson and Langhorne Creek (SA) over six days.

Part of Wine Australia’s educational program, TIP was established in 2013 to help local wine professionals develop a deeper knowledge of Australian wine, its diversity, the characteristics of its regions and the personalities and stories behind the wines.

Aaron Brasher, Wine Australia’s regional director, said TIP aims to build on the Australian wine knowledge gained through the ODWS program.

“Our ODWS sessions present the theory of Australian wine and the TIP trip is the practical element,” Brasher said. “These wine influencers are often shaping their consumer’s wine choices and TIP allows them to get up close and personal with Australian wines, the regions they come from and the producers making them.”

While 9 of the ten guests are those who scored the best results in the exams held at the end of the One Day Wine School, the tenth guest is Daniel Jacobson from NOMAD who won the Aussie Wine Month By-the-Glass promotion for his all-Australian wine-by-the-glass list throughout May.

Past winner Sarah Andrews, a wine educator, said her TIP experience gave her the opportunity to meet many vignerons and winemakers in their regions.

“I’m keen to support these regions and brands where I can,” Andrews said.

The itinerary will be a full program of winemaker dinners, winery tours, tastings, masterclasses and epicurean experiences, all hosted by producers in the regions. The visit is facilitated by Wine Australia in partnership with participating regions and supported by Primary Regions and Industries South Australia and the South Australian Wine Industry Association.

Guests on the TIP trip are:

  • Jonathan Brooke – Sommelier/Restaurant Supervisor, Hill of Grace Restaurant at Adelaide Oval (Adelaide)
  • Mattia Cianca – Sommelier, Attica (Melbourne)
  • Darren Davis – Director/Presenter, Wine & Grape Therapy (Brisbane)
  • Dennis Han – Store Owner, Cellarbrations East Ryde (Sydney)
  • Daniel Jacobson – Wine Manager, Heat Sommelier, NOMAD (Sydney)
  • James Kilmartin – Journalist, Gourmet Traveller WINE (Sydney)
  • Andrew McCrae – Assistant Business Manager, Dan Murphy’s (Melbourne)
  • Michael Phipps – Sommelier, Quay (Sydney)
  • Steve Rielly – A380 First Class/Business Class Attendant and Sommelier in the Sky, Qantas and Waiter, Aria (Sydney)
  • Emma Welling – Restaurant Manager, Appellation (Barossa Valley)

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