The Wine Tasmania Technical Committee is a group of volunteers including producer members and associate members. The primary functions of the Technical Committee are:
- Prioritise Research, Development and Extension activities through the development of the Tasmanian Wine RD&E Strategy
- Advise the Wine Tasmania board of Research, Development and Extension priorities and activities and provide technical feedback
- Promote the Tasmanian wine sector as a vibrant, professional place to work
The members of the Technical Committee are volunteers who give their time freely for the benefit of the entire Tasmanian wine sector.
Samantha Connew (Chair)
A highly experienced and respected winemaker, Samantha Connew launched her first solo project Stargazer in Tasmania in 2013. She is a director on the Wine Tasmania Board and was appointed to the Tech Committee in January 2020.
After more than 10 years spent working in the Adelaide Hills for Petaluma, Penny Jones returned to her home state of Tasmania in 2013 to join the Bay of Fires winemaking team. She has been a member of the Technical Committee since 2018.
VISIT BAY OF FIRES
Originally from the States, via the UK, Hugh came to Tasmania in 2015 and now owns and runs two wine companies with his wife, Natalie Fryar: the main focus being traditional method sparkling and Riesling, based in Pipers River. He has been a member of the Technical Committee since 2022
VISIT WELLINGTON AND WOLFE
Murray Leake is the Group Viticulturalist for Shaw & Smith Wines, overseeing vineyard management of three vineyards in the Adelaide Hills along with winery grower fruit supply. He also oversees the management of Shaw & Smith's Tolpuddle Vineyard in the Coal Valley.
VISIT TOLPUDDLE VINEYARD
Ben Pietsch is the Tasmanian Viticulturist for Brown Family Wine Group, managing Tamar Ridge vineyards along with winery grower fruit supply. He brings years of experience in cool climate viticulture ranging from regions such as the Grampians, Yarra Valley and now beautiful Tasmania.
VISIT TAMAR RIDGE
Astrid is manager and co owner at Boomer Creek Vineyard, alongside her parents & husband Max. She also spends time helping out in the winery each season over vintage at Spring Vale Vineyard in Cranbrook.
VISIT BOOMER CREEK VINEYARD
The Technical Committee welcomes your contact and will listen to any ideas or questions about growing grapes or making wine. If you wish to contact the Technical Committee, or would like to inquire about participating please contact Paul Smart via email.
The Technical Committee's Terms of Reference are available on request. The Technical Committee is a committee of the Board of Wine Tasmania.