Introducing Mr Chris Barnes
Chris Barnes entered the wine industry in 1987 when he graduated with honours from Roseworthy Agricultural College in Wine Marketing. After graduation Chris became Marketing Manager for Tyrrell’s Vineyards in the Hunter Valley. Moving back to Melbourne in 1989 Chris took up a position as consultant to Nick’s Wine Merchants. Chris had responsibility as wine buyer for the group.
In 1990 Chris decided to go back to winemaking for a vintage and worked at Domaine Chandon. A trip to France and the UK working with Yates Brothers and assistant Marketing Manager followed, as well as a visit to Portugal working with Ferreira in Oporto.
On return to Australia Chris established Australian wine Education & Training Co. AWET is a wine education consultancy business for the trade and industry as well as providing specialist advice on wine to corporate customers.
AWET provides educational services to Australian Wine Selectors, Melbourne University, Sigma Co. as well as many other corporate and wine industry clients.
Chris is a Foundation Member of the Australian Society of Wine Education. He is currently a practising Professional Member of the Society and serves on a number of committees as well as being a guest lecturer for the Wolf Blass wine education program at Wine Australia 1996, 1998. And 2000.
Chris is technical editor for the Australian wine text, "What is Wine". Chris also writes for the U.S. Wine Journal and the Australian Wine Selector magazines.
In 2000 and 2001 he judged at the International Wine and Spirit Challenge in London and is now a regular judge at this, the largest wine show in the world. Chris is also a judge at the Cool Climate Wine Show as well as serving on numerous selection panels across Australia and New Zealand.
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