The Clare Valley Wine and Grape Association is pleased to announce this years Endeavour Group Clare Valley Wine Show Judges!

Chair of Judges

Stephen Pannell | Chief Winemaker | SC Pannell

Stephen’s extensive knowledge and experience has been garnered over many years working with some Australia’s iconic wineries and alongside numerous overseas vintages at such places as Domaine des Comtes Lafon in Burgundy, Chateau Mouton Rothschild in Bordeaux and G.D. Vajra in Barolo. Other highlights in Stephen’s career include winning the title of International Red Winemaker of the Year at the International Wine Challenge in London, winning the Jimmy Watson Memorial Trophy at the Royal Melbourne Wine Show, twice winning the Max Schubert Trophy at the Adelaide Wine Show as well as being listed as one of the 50 most influential contributors to the world of wine by Decanter Magazine.


Stuart Pigott | International Wine Critic & Senior Editor | James Suckling

Stuart Pigott is a British wine critic and author who has lived in Berlin since 1993. Author of 'Best White Wine on Earth - The Riesling Story', Stuart was in his early twenties when he began writing about wine and published his first article in Decanter Magazine in 1984.

Married to sommelier and food writer Ursula Heinzelmann, he moved from the UK to Berlin in 1993 and published his first German-language book in 1994. From a young age, he joined fellow British wine writer (and Riesling Fellow) Hugh Johnson in taking a critical view towards the mass production mentality that prevailed in parts of the German wine industry, and thus became popular with more quality-oriented producers.

In recent years, taking his inspiration from Hunter S. Thompson and Tom Wolfe, he has written a number of free educational wine videos in the "Gonzo" style of journalism, and in 2008, he took lessons at the University of Applied Sciences in Geisenheim in Oenology and Viticulture.

Panel Chair - Erin Larkin | Wine Reviewer for Australia | Wine Advocate

Panel Chair - Andrew Quin | Chief Winemaker | Hentley Farm Wines and Quin Wines

Kelly Wellington | Winemaker | Wirra Wirra Wines

Michael Downer | Winemaker | Murdoch Hill

Steve Baraglia | Chief Winemaker | Pikes Wines

Associate Judges:
Mick Sandercock | Wine Supply Strategist | Pernod Ricard
Jacinta Jenkins | Winemaker | Balnaves of Coonawarra
Jarrad Steele | Winemaker | Paulett Wines
Alexandra Wardlaw | Winemaker | Kirrihill Wines
Gonzalo Sanchez | Winemaker | Lloyd Brothers
Janelle Zerk | Winemaker | Z Wine