Michael Hill Smith MW

Michael Hill Smith will be moderating the breakfast session Families in wine - triumphs and tribulations

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Michael is a wine producer, international wine judge, wine consultant and lapsed restaurateur.

In 1988 he became the first Australian to pass the Master of Wine examination and was awarded the inaugural Madame Bollinger Tasting Medal the same year.

In 1989 he established Shaw + Smith in the Adelaide Hills with his winemaker cousin Martin Shaw. In 2011 they purchased the highly rated Tolpuddle Vineyard near Hobart in Tasmania.

Michael is a strong advocate for fine Australian wine both within Australia and internationally and in 2008 was awarded an Order of Australia for his contribution to the Australian Wine Industry. He featured in Decanter’s International Power List 2009, 2011 and 2013 and was nominated for the WSET Outstanding Alumni Award 2017.

He is a Co-Chair of the Decanter World Wine Awards (UK) and Decanter Asian Wine Awards (Hong Kong) and is wine consultant to Singapore Airlines along with Jeannie Cho Lee MW and Oz Clarke.