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Nigel Sneyd MW

Nigel Sneyd MW

Became an MW 2017

Based in Australia

Nationality Australian

Languages English, French


Nigel started working in wine at just seventeen years of age and never looked back. He completed his first Oenology degree at Charles Sturt University in Australia and his second at the Université de Dijon in France where he obtained his Diplôme National d?Oenologue as Dux of his year. His time in France also allowed him to complete internships at Domaine Dujac in Burgundy, Champagne Krug and INRA, as well as to become fluent in French. He worked as winemaker for Evans and Tate in Western Australia and then managed the AWRI?s Extension and Advisory Services while simultaneously working with Tony Laithwaite?s Flying Winemakers programme in France during its nascent years. He completed his MBA from Monash University before settling in France, firstly as director of BRL Hardy?s Domaine de la Baume and later as director of a negociant business specialising in high-end appellation wines from the Languedoc. Twelve years ago he moved to London to join E&J Gallo's International Winemaking group and relocated to California in 2015 to take up the position of Director of Winemaking. His responsibilities exposed him to winemaking in Italy, Spain, Germany, South Africa, California, Argentina and New Zealand. In October 2019 he returned to Australia as Global Director of Wine and Quality for Accolade Wines and he was elected to serve on the Board of the Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI) from January 2021.

Primary area(s) of work: Wine production

Industry sector(s): Business owner, Project management, QA/QC, Viticulture, Winemaking

Wine styles: Cava, Champagne, Cremant, Port, Prosecco, Sparkling wine, Still red, Still rosé, Still white, Still wines, VDN

Wine region expertise: Australia, Bordeaux, Burgundy, California, Champagne, France, Languedoc, Marlborough, New Zealand, Rhone, Rioja, Sicily, South Australia, Spain, Tasmania, USA, Victoria, Western Australia, Western Cape

Market expertise: Europe, North America

Specialisms: Acquisition of vineyards, Cultivation of the vine, Harvesting of grapes, Life cycle of the vine, Structure and composition of grapes, Vine propagation, Wine varieties, Economics of wine production, Fermentation, Stabilisation and clarification, Processing of grapes, Production of sparkling wines, Production of fortified wines, Blending, Bottling, Bulk shipment, Elevage / maturation, Preparation of finished wine for bottling, Packing and labelling, Quality assurance and control, Financial and commercial structures, Routes to market, Supplier/customer relationships, Wine judging