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Megan Brodtmann MW
I worked in immunology research after completing my
B.Sc. (Hons.) degree. After realizing it wasnít
for me I returned to the University of Adelaide (Roseworthy) to undertake a
winemaking degree. I then worked a couple of vintages in Australia and, in
1996, went to France to make wine in Gaillac. After that harvest, I accepted a
full time job with Cellarworld International, a UK based winemaking
consultancy, and spent the next five years overseeing winemaking projects in
Europe (France, Spain, Italy, Romania, Bulgaria, Cyprus) and South America
(Chile and Argentina).
2001, I moved to Chile where I spent 7 years. I was the Senior Winemaker for
Vina Morande before launching our winemaking and wine brokering consultancy,
Southern Cross Wines (Chile). While in Chile, in conjunction with The Wine
School, I introduced the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) courses to
South America (Chile and Brazil).
2002, I became Australiaís first female
Master of Wine.
2007, we returned to Melbourne where we have started Southern Cross Wines
(Australia), a winemaking consultancy with projects in China and Chile. I am
the Victorian Brand Champion for Cellarmasters Wines. I am also involved with
the WSET in Australia and, as well as teaching the WSET courses (the Advanced Certificate
and Diploma), I train potential WSET educators in Australia.
Throughout my career, I have been a wine judge with the
International Wine Challenge (UK) and for various wine magazines. I currently
judge for the International Cool Climate Wine Show and the Australian Inland
Wine Show. I am also involved with the Master of Wine Australasian Events
Committee and the annual Education Residential Seminar.
This was Meganís
fifth appearance on our Judging Panel.
Read Megan's Reflections on the
2012 Competitionís judging