Michael Brajkovich MW

Michael Brajkovich MW will be speaking at the session The secret life of microbes

Michael Brajkovich MW

Michael studied Oenology at Roseworthy Agricultural College in South Australia before returning to the family vineyard and winery in Kumeu to take responsibility for wine production in 1982. He has travelled extensively through the world’s wine areas and worked the 1983 vintage in France.

In 1989 Michael became New Zealand’s first Member of the Institute of Masters of Wine.

He has many years’ experience in wine show judging both in New Zealand, and at several Australian Capital City Wine Shows. He was Chair of Judges at the Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2012-16, and at the Royal Adelaide Wine Show 2015-17.

Michael has collaborated with researchers at the University of Auckland, in particular with Prof Mat Goddard, investigating the indigenous yeast ecology of Mate’s Vineyard Chardonnay at Kumeu River Wines, and also in the winery during barrel fermentation.