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Kym Milne MW.
Kym’s first degree
was in Applied Science (Oenology), graduating from Roseworthy Agricultural
College in 1980. He first made a name for himself in New Zealand where, over a
nine year period from 1983-92, the last seven as Chief Winemaker, he was
involved with the restructuring of the Villa Maria Group, well known to this
Competition as a highly successful entrant.
In 1991 Kym enrolled in the exacting British “Institute of
Masters of Wine” examinations and is one of a very few examinees to pass all
phases of the exams at his first attempt.
He spent the latter part of 1992 as a freelance contract
winemaker in Hungary and France before joining UK based International Wine
Services in 1993, where he was soon appointed Director of Wine making
Operations, managing wine making projects in a dozen or more countries around
After 19 years living abroad, Kym and his family returned to
Australia in early 2003. He now conducts his own winemaking consultancy, Global
Wine Solutions, from a base in the Adelaide Hills, consulting to wineries both
in Australia and abroad.
In 2013 Kym was listed in the Top 10 Most Influential
Winemaking Consultants Worldwide by The Drinks Business Magazine (UK).
Australian born International Winemaking Consultant Kym
Milne MW, for the twelfth year, was our Chairman of Judges. Kym first judged
with the Competition’s Panel in 1997 when he was based in the UK.
Most recently, Kym was presented with the “Australian
Winemaker of the Year” Award by Winestate Magazine in both 2014 & 2015
based on the performance of Bird in Hand Wines (where Kym has the role of Chief
Winemaker) at Winestate Magazine tastings throughout the year.
Reflections on the 2017 Competition’s