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Meet the Judges

The judging panel for the 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

2020 will be PJ Charteris' third year in the position of Chair of Judges for the KPMG Sydney Royal Wine Show. He 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.

International Guest Judge - Roderick Smith MW
Roderick Smith MW is a wine educator, marketer and salesman, based in the South of France. He has completed his Master of Wine examinations, Master of Wine dissertation, is qualified and accredited Wine and Spirit Education Trust Educator, Director of Riviera Wine Academy and has taken part in many wine tours, tastings and challenges. 

He has been a senior judge for the Decanter World Wine Awards, a Panel Chair for the International Wine Challenge, and has also judged for the Moscow Wine Fair and the Shanghai International Wine Challenge, The Balkans International Wine Challenge.



Glenn Barry // Tonic Wines // South Australia

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

Warren Gibson // Trinity Hill Winery // New Zealand

Lisa Jenkins // Mac Forbes Wines // Victoria

Emmas Jenkins MW // Wine Columnist // New Zealand

Cliff Royle // Flametree Wines // Western Australia


Sarah Andrew // House of Fine Wine //Victoria

Paul Carpenter // Ryecroft Winery  // Western Australia

Tony Davis // Snake and Herring  // Western Australia

Tim Dolan // Peter Lehmann Wines // South Australia

Penny Grant // Ghanem Group // Queensland

Stuart Knox // Fix Wine Bar & Resturant // New South Wales

Emma Norbiato // Calabria Family Wines // New South Wales

Lance Parkin // Houghton Wines // Western Australia

Marcus Satchell // Dirty Three Wines // Victoria

Charlie Seppelt // Randall Wine Group // South Australia

Chris Tyrrell // Tyrrell's Vineyard // New South Wales


Gerard Bellis (WSET) // Nomad Wines // New South Wales

Joshua Cooper // Cooper Wines // Victoria

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

Kavita Faiella // Shaw + Smith // New South Wales

Alex Kirkwood // ARIA Sydney // New South Wales

Louella Matthew // Bibo Wine Bar // New South Wales

Bernice Ong // Ministry of Clouds // South Australia

Steven Paul (LET) // Oakdene Wines // Victoria

Samantha Payne (AWAC) // Wine Consultant // New South Wales

William Schibeci // Edinburg Cellars // South Australia

Shanteh Wong // Quay //New South Wales

Keeda Zilm  // WD Wines // South Australia

Please note: The judging panel is subject to change.