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Meet the Judges

The judging panel for the RAS KPMG Sydney Royal Wine Show is selected by Chair of Judges, PJ Charteris and the RAS of NSW Wine Committee and aims to include a combination of wine educators, winemakers, wine marketers, retailers, sommeliers, journalists and expert amateurs of wine from across Australia.

Chair of Judges – PJ Charteris

In his first year for 2018, PJ Charteris brings a wealth of knowledge of Australian wine, understanding the great regional and sub regional diversity of the industry, as well as an trained palate having being involved in the judging show system for over 20 years across several regional and state Shows. PJ also runs Charteris Wine Consulting as well as his own small label Charteris Wines in New Zealand.

2018 International Judge – Fongyee Walker MW

Fongyee Walker MW is a Wine Consultant and Educator based in Beijing, China. Fongyee moved to Beijing in 2007 and co-founded Dragon Phoenix Wine Consulting. She is now a specialist wine educator and consultant in English & Mandarin. Under her direction Dragon Phoenix has become one of China’s most successful wine education companies, providing the only taught WSET Level 4 in Mainland China. In 2015, she started wine consulting to Air New Zealand. Fongyee also regularly Judges on a global scale, so we are very fortunate to have her apart of the Judging team for the 2018 KPMG Sydney Royal Wine Show.


Michael Anderson (WSET) // Virgin Wines // New South Wales

Sarah Andrew // House of Fine Wines // Victoria

Glen Barry // Knappstein Enterprise Winery & Brewery // South Australia

Paul Carpenter // Tintara Wines // South Australia

Brendan Carr // Xanadu Wines // Western Australia

Joshua Cooper // Cooper Wines         // Victoria

Mike de Iuliis // De Iuliis Wines         // New South Wales

Rauri Donkin // First Creek Wines // New South Wales

Stephanie Dutton // Penfolds // South Australia

Kavita Faiella // Voyageur Selections // New South Wales

Steve Flamsteed // Giant Steps Wines // Victoria

Kate Goodman // Goodman Wines // Victoria

Penny Grant // Ghanem Group // Queensland

Julian Grounds // Mc Henry Hohnen Wines // Western Australia

Paul Henry // Wine Hero // South Australia

Stuart Hordern // Brokenwood Wines // New South Wales

Lisa Jenkins // Mac Forbes Wines // Victoria

Alex Kirkwood // ARIA Sydney // New South Wales

Liam O’Brien // Cutler & Co. // Victoria

Bernice Ong // Ministry of Clouds // South Australia

Lance Parkin // Houghton Wines // Western Australia

Toni Paterson MW // Australian House and Garden & Gourmet Traveller Wine // New South Wales

Cliff Royle // Flametree Wines // Western Australia

Amanda Yallop // Quay Restaurant // New South Wales


Please note: The judging panel is subject to change.