Western Australian Sparkling Symposium

Support the future of sparkling wine

Join us for a full day event featuring interstate and local experts presenting in-person and virtually to discuss technical elements of premium sparkling production (méthode champenoise and non-traditional methods) across the areas of viticulture & winemaking and feature market insights into the category.

 

Meet the Speakers

Trina Smith - Pernod Ricard

With 20 years of winemaking experience, Trina Smith is a skilled winemaker in all styles of wines. Trina became interested in wine after numerous wine appreciation courses and in 1997 completed a Degree in Oenology (University of Adelaide). After finishing her degree, it was time to travel and put the study into practice with

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vintages in USA (Sonoma County), South Africa (Stellenbosch) and Italy (Chianti). Back in Australia Trina started working for Brown Brothers taking control of a number of innovative wines as well as the sparkling wines and a number of the Patricia range wines. After a brief interlude in the Yarra Valley, Trina started working with Treasury Wine Estates in 2007 before moving into the role of Senior Sparkling Winemaker in 2008. In October 2016, Trina was announced as the new Jacob’s Creek Group White & Sparkling Winemaker and is elated by the opportunity to continue specialising on her greatest passion with Australia’s largest wine brand. I relish the challenge of the winemaking process – the delicate balance between the beauty or wrath of nature and the art of winemaking – and the search for subtlety and complexity in the wines.

Nick Dry - Foundation Viticulture

Nick graduated with a Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Viticultural Science) from the University of Adelaide in December 2000. He was first employed by the Orlando Wyndham Group and spent three years working as a viticulturist in the South-East and Riverland. 

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In 2004 he was appointed to the newly created position of Rootstock Project Manager with the Phylloxera Board of South Australia. Between 2008-2019 Nick managed Yalumba Nursery, during which time he developed an extensive knowledge of variety, clone and rootstock performance, along with an intimate understanding of grapevine trunk disease, grapevine virus, germplasm management and nursery practices. In November 2019 he parted ways with Yalumba to start his own consulting business ‘Foundation Viticulture’. As a consultant, Nick has been involved with a diverse range of projects including;developing planting and redevelopment strategies, working on propagation supply chain strategy as well as technical communication projects. Nick is currently engaged by Wine Australia as the National Grapevine Collection coordinator.

Kate Laurie - Deviation Road

Clocking up 25 years as the sole winemaker for two small wineries, Kate has been hands on in all facets of grape and wine production. Stone Bridge Estate was created in partnership with her parents, and Deviation Road with her husband, which gave her the freedom to create the wine styles and have input on the direction

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for each winery from the beginning – in particular with the sparkling wine range. Having lived and studied winemaking in Champagne out of high school, her passion was quickly focused on mastering the art of creating quality sparkling wines within their own regional context. As well as her day to day commitment in the Deviation Road winery, Kate is passionate about sharing her love of all things sparkling, regularly hosting masterclasses and wine judging.

Yuri Berns - Sitella Winery

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Nic Bowen - Howard Park

Nic Bowen joined the Howard Park winemaking team for the 2021 vintage. Born in the Great Southern region into a winemaking family, he was for a time a professional triathlete, before completing a commerce degree and working in financial planning.

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However this path wasn’t for him. Working vintage in Bordeaux and the South of France made Nic appreciate the cultural interaction of wine, people, food and place and returning to Australia he went back to university to gain a degree in winemaking and pursue a career in the industry. He landed a coveted role at Hardys in South Australia, making wines for Tintara and working closely with sparkling wine master Ed Carr at House of Arras.

Mick Langridge

Mick Langridge joined Vasse Felix in October 2010, bringing with him years of experience as a winemaker and brand advocate in Margaret River, a region in which he has now completed over twenty-five vintages.

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Mick worked as Senior Winemaker with Vasse Felix Chief Winemaker Virginia Willcock for over a decade, with a significant focus on Vasse Felix’s celebrated Chardonnays. Since 2012, Mick has spearheaded the development of the Blanc de Blancs. This heritage brings a highly specialised ability to craft expressive and outstanding Chardonnay base material. Regular travel to Champagne and other proven sparkling regions has entrenched his love of this celebrated style and strengthened his belief in what unique Southern Margaret River Chardonnay can deliver as sparkling wine.

Lee Hasselgrove

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Peter Bailey - Wine Australia

Peter Bailey is Manager, Market Insights at Wine Australia and has over 15 years’ experience in providing analysis and insights into the Australian grape and wine sector. Peter keeps the sector up to date with the latest trends in global supply and demand and is a regular presenter at industry conferences

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and seminars and contributes to numerous wine publications. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Economics and a Bachelor of Business (Honours EF) from the University of South Australia.

Larry Jorgensen - Wines of WA

Larry Jorgensen is Chief Executive Officer of Wines of Western Australia, starting in the role in 2013. He has worked in the wine industry since 1996 in a variety of roles with focus on sales and marketing and management.

Steve Kirby

GROUP VINEYARD MANAGER Since beginning his viticulture career in his home state of South Australia at Berri Estate, the largest winery in the Southern Hemisphere, Steve’s career has taken him to many of the country’s finest vineyards, working in both regional Victoria and Tasmania.

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For the last 11 years, Steve has become embedded in the South West wine scene, working as the Margaret River Viticulturist for Accolade Wines based at the highly acclaimed Brookland Valley. Over the years, Steve has contributed to wine industry research initiatives through both the Riverland and WA vine improvement committees. Much of Steve’s research has been focussed on increasing the industry’s understanding of varietal mixes and clone selections in Australian vineyards.

Venue – Karri Valley Resort

Located on the edge of Lake Beedelup and surrounded by forest, RAC Karri Valley Resort offers a choice of studios and self-contained chalets. Each has a private balcony with lake or forest views. Guests at RAC Karri Valley Resort can enjoy a range of leisure activities including visiting the animal farm, trout fishing, sailing, mini golf, tennis, archery and mountain biking. Resort facilities include a shared laundry, games room, non-motorized water sports and barbecue area. Overlooking the lake, Lakeside Restaurant is air-conditioned in summer with an open fireplace in winter. The lakeside rooms overlook Lake Beedelup and have an outdoor dining area. The secluded chalets include a fully equipped kitchen, open-plan living/dining area and a log fireplace.

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