Andrew Caillard MW

Date an MW: 1993
Based in: Australia
Profession: Auctioneer, Winemaking Consultant

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Biography

Andrew Caillard MW was born and educated in the UK. Worth School (1978). He is a wine marketing graduate of Roseworthy Agricultural College, South Australia (1984) and passed the Master of Wine examination (winning the prestigious Madame Bollinger Medal for excellence in wine tasting) in 1993. In 1989 he founded Langton's Sydney and played a key role in establishing Langton's as Australia's leading wine auction house. Langton's Classification of Australian Wine, now in it 6th edition, is regarded as the reference for wine collectors and observers of the ultra-fine wine scene. In 2008 Langton;s was acquired by Woolworths, Australia's largest retail group. Langton's has evolved to become a multi-channel brand offering premium Australian and imported wines at auction and through brokerage services. Andrew Caillard continues to work with Langton's in an advisory role and continues his involvement in Langton's Classification of Australian Wine, which celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2104. Since 2009, Andrew?s primary role is Fine Wine Principal of Pinnacle Drinks a division of Endeavour Drinks (previously) Woolworths Liquor Group, Australia's largest retail group, which involves significant engagement with Australia's wine industry and the international wine market. This includes working across all of the retail brands including Dan Murphy's, BWS, Cellarmasters and Langton's. Andrew is a longstanding columnist and tasting panellist for Australia's Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine. He chairs Shanghai's Wine 100 competition, judges at the Japan Wine Challenge and has participated in various shows including the Adelaide, Barossa and Margaret River Wine Show's provenance prize. He is the author of the reference book Penfolds 'The Rewards of Patience' and Marques de Riscal A Travel through Time. His work as an author, writer and influencer was recognised in 2011 when he won the Australian Wine Communicator of the Year Award. Andrew also holds the rare distinction of being a 'Baron of the Barossa'. Andrew Caillard is the associate producer of the Australian Academy Award winning feature documentary, Red Obsession; a movie that explores the economic shift in power from the west to the east though the prism of Bordeaux's wine trade with China. Another documentary "Blind Ambition, about four Zimbabwe Sommeliers in their quest to compete in the World Blind Wine Tasting Championship in Burgundy, will be completed at the end of 2019. Together with his wife Bobby, Andrew is also a Barossa wine producer. Their Caillard Mataro (and Shiraz), which feature Andrew?s paintings on the label, is a micro-wine production that is seen in many of Australia's top restaurants and specialist wine merchants. The wines are also exported to China, including Hong Kong and Singapore.